Sheriff’s detectives discover the real name of a suspect during a marijuana bust, link him to a 2020 Lindsay home invasion that ended in a homicide
TULARE COUNTY – Deputies got more than they bargained for after busting an illegal marijuana grow two weeks ago.
According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, on May 15, detectives with the marijuana investigation team served several search warrants for illegal marijuana grows. During a warrant in the Farmersville area, Emiliano Camacho, 32, was arrested for marijuana-related offenses and booked into custody at the adult pretrial facility. Prior to Camacho being released on bail, it was discovered his real name was Javier Lopez. In 2020, Lopez was identified as a suspect in a home invasion in Lindsay where a suspect was shot and killed by the homeowner.
Last Thursday, May 20 homicide unit detectives met with Lopez and interviewed him about the home invasion and homicide. Lopez was charged with participating in a felonious crime, which resulted in a homicide. Deputies are also still looking for Roman Sauceda Rueda, 21, of Visalia, who is an additional suspect in the 2020 home invasion. This is still an active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Brad McLean or Sergeant Bryan Clower with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 559-733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194, or through email at [email protected].
Friday, May 21
At approximately 10 a.m. on deputies were called to a cherry orchard in the area of Avenue 272 and Road 92 in Visalia for a report of multiple vehicles vandalized. When they arrived, deputies found eight vehicles with their tires slashed. It was learned the vehicles were parked, while the owners were picking cherries in a nearby orchard. A witness on scene described the suspect vehicle as being a Red 2000’s Honda Civic. The Honda was also lowered with wide rims. If anyone has information regarding this crime, please contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.