Visalia police apprehend vehicle theft suspect

(Visalia Police Department)

Visalia Police Department arrests Ramon Chavez for his attempt to steal a car before he charged at officers with a deadly weapon

VISALIA – An attempted vehicle theft took a dangerous turn after the suspect behind the crime charged at officers with a knife.

Around 1:45 p.m., Visalia officers were called to the 1000 block of S. Regina St. for a report of a man attempting to steal a vehicle. The suspect was unsuccessful and ran away before officers arrived on scene.

The suspect was identified as Ramon Chavez, 50. Officers located Chavez nearby and attempted to contact him. As they were contacting him, the suspect charged at the officers with a knife, but retreated as additional units arrived on scene.

Chavez was taken into custody. The Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Chavez was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and attempted assault with a deadly weapon.

Oct. 22

Around 5:20 a.m., VPD officers were called to the 7-11 store on West Walnut Street for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had entered the business, threatened the store clerk with a knife and demanded money from the cash register.

Officers were told the store clerk opened the cash register for the suspect. As the suspect was taking the money, he dropped the knife. The clerk and suspect began fighting over the knife.

After reviewing video surveillance, officers identified the suspect as Isaiah Ortega, 21, who is a known and documented Norteño street gang member. Violent Crimes Detectives were contacted to assist with the investigation.

At 7:15 a.m., patrol officers found and arrested Ortega leaving his home. Evidence of the crime was found on Ortega.

Detectives conducted a search warrant at the suspect’s home and found additional evidence, linking him to the armed robbery and assault.

Ortega was transported and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Oct. 25

On Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., Visalia Police Department Gang Enforcement Officers were patrolling the area of Mooney Boulevard and Tulare Avenue, regarding complaints of narcotic sales. Officers observed a gray BMW exiting a parking lot in the 1400 block of S. Mooney Blvd.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop and attempted to flee. The pursuit was canceled for safety reasons.

The vehicle was located nearby, and the driver, identified as William Bosma, 52, was quickly taken into custody without incident. Bosma was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for failure to yield and narcotic sales.

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