Reward offered for information on Highway 198 shooting

(Valley Crime Stoppers Fresno)

The Valley Crime Stoppers, a local non-profit, is offering $3,000 for any information on a Highway 198 shooting from 2021

VISALIA – After remaining unsolved for over two years, a $3,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Jason Samuel Allender that will lead to the arrest and conviction of his killer.

Allender was found suffering from several gunshot wounds after the California Highway Patrol received a call about a truck that had driven off Highway 198, near Shirk Rd around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2021.

The victim was found in his truck and was quickly taken to the Kaweah Delta Hospital where he later died. As investigators haven’t been able to identify a suspect in the two years since the initial incident, the $3,000 reward is being offered by the Valley Crime Stoppers (VCS) to help finally catch Allender’s killer.

VCS is a sponsor-based non-profit organization supporting law enforcement that anyone from Central Valley can send anonymous tips to by calling or texting 559-498-STOP or by visiting their website.

According to their site, the goal of the VCS is to encourage members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

“As we look toward the future, we hope to expand our marketing reach in Central California with a big focus in working closely with our local law enforcement and being a more effective tool for solving crimes and catching bad guys,” they said in an excerpt on their site. “On behalf of The Valley Crime Stoppers Board of Directors we would like to say, ‘thank you.’ Thank you for believing in us and our mission, and for enabling us to assist local law enforcement in making a difference in our community.”

For more information on how to support the organization via donations to the VCS’ rewards program for ‘tips leading to arrests,’ email Erica Magarian, the program’s director, at [email protected].

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