Fresno man arrested for beauty pageant disruption

(Visalia Police Department)

Visalia Police Department arrests Gerard Munoz for his disrupting beauty pageant at the Visalia Convention Center

VISALIA – An unusual disturbance at the Visalia Convention Center led to an evacuation and police intervention, resulting in the apprehension of a suspect under peculiar circumstances.

At 2:14 p.m. on June 14, Visalia officers responded to a call at the Visalia Convention Center regarding a man attempting to remove a defibrillator from the wall. Convention Center security reported that the suspect began removing his clothes and tried to run down the stairs where a beauty pageant was underway. The Convention Center was immediately evacuated before the man fully undressed and entered a bathroom.

When officers arrived on scene, they attempted to negotiate with the suspect to exit the bathroom, but he refused. They then entered the bathroom, where the suspect resisted but was eventually taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as Gerard Munoz, 31, from Fresno. He was taken to Kaweah Health for medical clearance. Once cleared, Munoz will face charges for resisting arrest, vandalism, being under the influence of a controlled substance and indecent exposure.

June 19

The Visalia Police Department plans to step up its enforcement operations along the St. Johns Trail and around basins and waterways throughout the city. In response to the growing quality of life concerns among residents, the department will significantly increase its enforcement of ATV’s, UTV’s, dirt bikes or any unauthorized motorized vehicle being operated in these restricted areas.

Illegal use of all-terrain vehicles, utility-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes near city waterways, streets, and trails is seen as a serious issue that impacts the safety and well-being of the community. The Visalia Police Department looks to address this problem and ensure that public spaces remain safe and enjoyable for all residents.

The department would like to remind the public that it is unlawful to operate any unauthorized motorized vehicle or any off-road vehicle on the riverbed, islands, banks, levees or the area located between the levees, within the city limits of Visalia or along the St. John’s River, Mill Creek or any other natural watercourse within the city limits. Violators can face fines and/or criminal charges.

“We are taking these steps to preserve the quality of life for our residents and protect our natural resources,” said Lieutenant Jared Hughes. “Our increased enforcement efforts are aimed at reducing illegal activities and promoting safe and lawful use of our city’s waterways and trails.”

The Visalia Police Department urges all residents and visitors to follow the laws regarding the operation of off-road vehicles and to report any illegal activities they may witness.

Violations can be reported to the Visalia Police Department at 559-734-8116.

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