VPD makes arrest on Visalia Wyndham incident

(Visalia Police Department)

Officers with the Visalia Police Department arrest Adan Lopez for terrorist threats, creating a disturbance at a local hotel

VISALIA – Reports of an active shooter at the Visalia Wyndham were proven false. Instead, officers arrested a man who was making terrorist threats.

On Aug. 10, Visalia Police Department (VPD) announced the arrest of Adan Lopez, 22, who was arrested for making terrorist threats at the Visalia Wyndham.

VPD officers initially responded to an active shooter at the motel just after 3 p.m., but throughout the investigation, discovered Lopez was making terrorist threats and causing a disturbance at the hotel.

There was no evidence of any shots fired and no weapons were found at the hotel. Lopez was booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

Also reported on Aug. 10 was the arrest of a 15-year-old boy by the Porterville Police Department. The suspect was arrested for a robbery warrant that was associated with a Porterville Police Department case.

The same teenager was wanted by the Visalia Police Department for the homicide that occurred on June 11 at the EZ-Mart on West Walnut Avenue, when VPD officers were called to the EZ Mart Liquor Store on Walnut Avenue and Giddings Street for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 16-year-old-boy in the parking lot who had been shot. The boy was transported to Kaweah Health where he died. Officers also found a 20-year-old clerk inside the store who had been shot. He was dead when officers found him.

Violent Crimes Detectives were called out and responded to the scene. During their investigation, detectives found that two teenagers attempted to rob the store. During the robbery, the clerk and the 16-year-old shot at each other multiple times. The other teenager shot at the clerk as well but fled the scene.

Following his arrest, VPD Violent Crimes detectives interviewed the 15-year-old suspect at the Porterville Police Department. He was arrested and booked for homicide and conspiracy at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Aug. 11

Johnny Kosobud, 19, was recently arrested for a string of armed robberies spanning back to almost a week ago.

On August 4, just before 8 p.m., VPD officers responded to the 1900 block of South Lovers Lane for a report of a robbery. Officers learned that a man had entered the Shell Gas Station with his face covered. The suspect was armed with a machete and demanded money from the clerk at the register. He fled after taking the money.

Around 7:18 p.m. on Aug. 10, VPD officers responded to the 500 block of South Lovers Lane for a report of a robbery. Officers were told that a man entered the store with his face covered. The suspect was armed with a hammer and demanded the clerk to give him all the money from the register. He fled after taking the money.

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(Visalia Police Department)

Later in the evening around 9 p.m., HOPE (Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement) Unit officers were patrolling in the area of Tulare Avenue and Burke Street, when they noticed a man matching the description of the robbery suspect. Officers attempted to contact him, but he ran away. While searching for the suspect, officers were informed a second robbery had just occurred in the 400 block of East Tulare Ave.

Officers along with the K9 and drone unit continued to search for the suspect. Kosobud was found and taken into custody. During the investigation, it was found that Kosobud was responsible for each of the robberies.

Kosobud was transported and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility.

Aug. 8

Around 11:30 p.m., firefighters with the Visalia Fire Department (VFD) were called to the area of Houston Avenue and Cain Street for a report of a car accident. When crews arrived, they found that the car had crashed into a home, striking a gas meter.Three people were inside the car, but ran from the scene. VPD officers caught the driver, and he was transported to Kaweah Health for minor injuries.

VPD officers closed Houston Avenue East and West of Cain Street while VFD crews worked on the leak. The leak has been secured and roads are open.

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(Visalia Police Department)

Aug. 7

Just before 4 a.m., VPD officers were called to the area of Willis Street and Grove Avenue for a report of a car accident. When officers arrived, they found that a blue BMW had crashed into a home. Thankfully, no one inside the home was hurt.

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(Visalia Police Department)

The driver of the BMW was nowhere to be found.

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the VPD at 559-734-8116. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 559-713-4738.

Aug. 5

Just after 7:30 p.m., VPD officers were called to the 900 block of South Mooney Boulevard for a report of a home invasion. When officers arrived, they were told a man forced his way into the home and began confronting and assaulting the homeowner.

The homeowner armed himself with a knife and the suspect tried to take it away. The victim was able to fight off the suspect and force him out of his home.

Officers searched the area and arrested Jesus Alcantar-Lopez, 25.

Alcantar-Lopez was transported to Kaweah Health for his injuries. He will be booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for burglary and assault with a deadly weapon once he is released.

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