Visalia police extradite shooter on the lam, arrest family members

Oldham County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Texas arrest Kendrick Crossley for allegedly shooting and killing a victim on Aug. 29

VISALIA – Visalia police were forced to cross half the country to catch a man who allegedly shot and killed a victim in downtown late last month.

According to the Visalia Police Department (VPD) at approximately 7:28 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 29, patrol officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon in the 700 block of east Myrtle Avenue. Upon arriving, officers located a male near the intersection of Santa Fe Street and Kaweah Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound. The male victim was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center for treatment.

Despite the efforts of medical staff at Kaweah Health, the male died from the injuries sustained during the shooting. The violent crimes unit responded to take over the investigation and are being assisted by the special enforcement unit and crime lab.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Visalia Police Department’s violent crime unit identified Kendrick Crossley, 25, as the shooter. According to VPD, they worked with several outside agencies to locate Crossley, and deputies with the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office in Texas were able to locate suspect Crossley outside of Amarillo, Texas and take him into custody. Kendrick Crossley was in the company of his uncle, Derek Crossley, 31, who was arrested on suspicion of aiding Kendrick in avoiding capture. Both men will be extradited back to California.

During their investigation VPD detectives also arrested Lakrisha Crossley, 42. She was charged as an accessory after the crime for providing material support and aiding Crossley in avoiding capture. She was booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility.

Visalia Police Log

Sunday, Sept. 5
At approximately 6 a.m., officers with the Visalia Police Department were dispatched to Sensations Boutique located in the 1200 block of east Houston regarding a burglary in progress. The information was two males were taking merchandise from the business and loading it into a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located the Jimmy Martinez, 37, and Travis Hunt, 43, and the vehicle. Both subjects were immediately detained and subsequently taken into custody. A large amount of stolen property estimated to be worth approximately $8,000 was recovered from the vehicle and returned to the business owners. Both suspects were booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department pretrial facility on various charges including burglary.

Friday, Sept. 3
At 10:30 p.m. officers from the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of north Garden for a traffic violation. During an investigation the driver identified as Raymond Anthony Perez, 35, was found to be in possession of approximately $15,000 of currency and approximately one pound of presumed methamphetamine. During a search of the vehicle indicia consistent of narcotic sales was also located. The suspect was arrested for possession of narcotics for sales and was transported and booked at the Tulare County adult pretrial detention facility.

Wednesday, Sept. 1
At 8:57 a.m., officers responded to Starbucks at Mary’s Vineyard regarding a grand theft which had just occurred. The suspect took a laptop from a patron at the business and fled the area. The adult male chased the suspect on foot and fell, causing minor injury. The victim was later transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and released. The victim provided a description of the suspect and officers responded to the 700 block of east Kaweah and contacted Joe Nolen, 39. He was found to have active warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody for the warrants without incident. A subsequent search was conducted, and the victim’s laptop was recovered and returned to the victim. The suspect was booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility for the warrants and possession of stolen property.

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