Police search for gift card robbers

The Sun-Gazette

Police ask for help finding robbers who forced a woman to buy a gift card at a Savemart, give it to the robbers waiting outside

VISALIA – Visalia police are in need of the publics help to find two suspects who held up a woman, and forced her to buy a gift card.

According to the Visalia Police Department, at 2:32 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, officers were dispatched to Savemart, at 1591 E. Noble, for a report of a robbery that had occurred.

The victim stated she was in the parking lot when she was approached from behind by an unknown female suspect. The suspect held an unknown item to her back, implying that it was a knife. The suspect demanded the victim go inside Savemart and purchase a gift card and return with it. The victim, fearing for her safety, did as instructed.

The suspect grabbed the gift card from the victim and ran to an awaiting vehicle being driven by an unknown male. The vehicle, described as a dark colored, four-door Nissan, fled prior to officers arriving. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Visalia Police Department at 559-734-8116. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 559-713-4738.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, March 27
At approximately 8:00 a.m. patrol officers were dispatched to the area of Goshen Avenue and Peppertree Street regarding neighbors reporting a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. When the first officer arrived, he found both suspects laying down in the back-seat area. Anthony Linebarger, 35, was found to have two outstanding arrest warrants for narcotics possession charges. Linbarger was taken into custody for the warrants and was in possession of 13 grams of methamphetamine. An additional search of the vehicle revealed Amy Rowlette, 31, had approximately 62 grams or more of methamphetamine. Linebarger was booked on his warrants and possession of a controlled substance charge. Rowlette was booked for possession for sales.

Friday, March 26
At approximately 10:57 p.m., officers in the special enforcement unit contacted Jason Castiglione, 47, in the 1600 block of North Dinuba Boulevard. Castiglione is on active parole and was found to be in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, a handgun with two high-capacity magazines, and ammo. Castiglione was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammo, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Castiglione was booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., officers in the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Lee’s Mini Mart located at 540 N. Court St. As the officer was performing a search on the passenger suspect Isaiah Gomez, 23, pulled away from the officer and began to resist. Gomez was taken to the ground where he was found to have a loaded firearm in the pocket of his pants. Gomez was arrested and booked for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammo, and resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer. There were no injuries sustained to Gomez or the officer.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., officers in the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of South Garden Street. Officers located a loaded firearm underneath the front passenger seat. The male juvenile passenger suspect was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm in public and carrying a concealed firearm. The driver, who was also a male juvenile was arrested for permitting the passenger to possess a firearm in the vehicle. Both juveniles were transported and booked into Tulare County juvenile detention facility.

Wednesday, March 24
At approximately 12:38 a.m. officers with the Visalia Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Majestic Motel located at 4545 W. Noble Ave. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Shelia Ordonez, 43, and Manuel Barragan, 36, both of Lindsay, Calif. During the contact officers learned that Ordonez was on Tulare County probation for prior narcotics sales. During the subsequent investigation officers located narcotics packaged for sales, scales, packaging material, and other evidence of narcotics sales. As a result, both Ordonez and Barragan were taken into custody for possession and transportation of narcotics for sales. Both suspects were ultimately transported to the Tulare County pretrial facility where they were booked.

Tuesday, March 23
At 2:30 a.m. officers attempted a traffic stop in the area of Fulgham and Noble on a stolen, white Toyota sedan. The driver, Jessica Lee, 39, failed to stop for officers. A pursuit was initiated, and officers followed Lee until she eventually stopped and surrendered to officers in the 3700 block of West Myrtle. Lee was the only occupant and was transported to jail. She was be booked for possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to yield.

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