Tip exposes child predator in Visalia

(Rigo Moran)

Visalia Police Department arrests Fidel Josue Madrigal for possession of child abuse material

VISALIA – After the city’s Youth Services Unit received word of a man harboring inappropriate pictures of minors in Visalia, the police department served a search warrant that led to his arrest.

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Visalia Police Department

Just after 7 a.m. on Nov. 16, Visalia Police Department (VPD) Youth Services Officers arrested Fidel Josue Madrigal, 33, for possession of child abuse material.

The investigation began after the Youth Services Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) stating a man living in Visalia was in possession of obscene images of children.

Officers served a search warrant at a home in the 1400 block of W. Center Ave. During the search warrant, officers found evidence of child abuse material and arrested Madrigal. He was transported and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

Nov. 17

The Visalia Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect seen in these photographs.

On Oct. 31, 2022, VPD Officers were called to the 1800 block of N. Encina St. for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim ultimately died from his injuries.

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Visalia Police Department

Video surveillance cameras were located in the area of the shooting, which led to detectives finding these photographs of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kyle Kalender at 559-713-4156 or the anonymous tip line at 559-713-4738.

Nov. 14

Just after 2 p.m., officers with the Visalia Police Department responded to the 600 block of S. Church St. regarding a disturbance. As officers arrived on scene, Ruben Zayas, 35, fled in a vehicle striking a VPD unit. Zayas continued to Highway 198 where he crashed into two other vehicles and fled from the scene.

Officers received information that the suspect was in the Mary’s Vineyard parking lot. Zayas attempted to run from officers but was caught and arrested. Thankfully, no one was injured throughout the incident, and there was only minor damage to the vehicles.

Zayas was transported and booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for hit and run, resisting arrest and a warrant.

Nov. 11

Just after 11 a.m., VPD officers responded to the area of Ben Maddox Way and Walnut Avenue regarding a traffic collision.

When officers arrived, they learned David Alvarez, 47, failed to stop at the intersection against a red light and collided with two vehicles and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Kaweah Health for minor injuries. The drivers of the other vehicles were unharmed.

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