Thief taken down by shopping Samaritan

Shopper tackles Jesus Arzate after seeing him steal shoes from Payless on Mooney Blvd.


VISALIA – While Payless Shoe Source is offering shoes at practically free prices to get them out of the store before they close, they are very much not free, as one Visalia thief found out.

On Monday, April 8, Jesus Arzate, 43, entered Payless and took a pair of boots and tried to leave without paying for them. When the clerk tried to stop him he pushed and hit the clerk and exited the store.

A person who observed the incident chased the suspect to Bonnie and Laurel where he tackled the suspect to retrieve the property. The suspect used a large rock to hit that person on the head, causing a large laceration.

Arzate was located in the 1700 block of W. Laurel by COS Police and detained for Visalia Police. He was booked at the Tulare County Pretiral Facility for Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Arrest and Threats against a police officer.

Visalia Crime Lines

Sunday, April 7

At 6:05 p.m. Visalia Police Department patrol officers responded to Seven Oaks Park for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival officers located a male stab victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival and was not located or identified. It is unknown what led to this assault. If anyone has information regarding this crime they are urged to contact the Visalia Police Department at (559) 734-8117.

Saturday, April 6

At 12:29 p.m. officers in the area of Grove and West were contacted by an adult male. The male victim advised he was in the 800 blk of N. Court when he was struck by the suspect in the face several times with a closed fist. The suspect then took the victim’s personal property, and fled. The suspect, Marcos Flores, 27, was identified by the victim as being the one responsible for this crime. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

At 3:54 p.m. officers made an enforcement stop on a vehicle near Lovers Lane and Mineral King in the City of Visalia. During the contact it was discovered that one of the subjects in the car had an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers then discovered that both the driver and passenger were in possession of loaded firearms. Both are self-admitted members of a criminal street gang. Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pretrial Facility for numerous firearms related charges.

At 1:35 a.m. officers received a report of a shooting into an occupied dwelling in the 2600 block of S. Watson St in the City of Visalia. Upon arrival officers determined that an unknown person fired multiple rounds into a residence and fled. No injuries to the occupants of the home. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Visalia Police Department; those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Anonymous Tip Line at (559)713-4738.

At 10:01 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop. Upon arrival, officers learned that an unknown suspect entered the business as employees were cleaning up, produced a handgun, and demanded money from the register. Employees complied and the suspect fled in an unknown direction from the business. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Visalia Police Department Tip-Line at 713-4738.

Friday, April 5

At 2:40 a.m., a citizen reported that there was a vehicle in the area of Lovers Lane and Noble Avenue driving erratically and the driver of the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated. A patrol officer located the vehicle at Riggin Avenue and Court Street and initiated a traffic stop. As the officer was speaking with the driver, the driver sped away from the traffic stop. After a brief pursuit, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and wrecked into a wooden fence in the 100 block of West Ferguson Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. It was discovered that the vehicle that the suspect was driving was stolen out of the City of Bakersfield. The suspect was later booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for driving under the influence, evading a police officer, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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