Man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, shoots at her new boyfriend

Visalia police arrest Elijah Galaz on several felonies including kidnapping, shooting at a occupied dwelling and hit-and-run

VISALIA – Breakups are tough to get over sometimes, but it is not a good idea to shoot at your ex’s new beau and kidnap your former girlfriend at gunpoint. Much less commit several felonies while trying to evade police. Yet, the heart wants what the heart wants.

According to the Visalia Police Department received three separate calls at 9:11 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:37 p.m., and officers responded to the area of Noyes and Laurel regarding three separate calls for shots fired in the area. During these incidents, officers located two vehicles in the area which appeared to be struck by gunfire. There were no injuries in the shootings.

After conducting several interviews, officers were able to identify Elijah Galaz, 22, as the suspect in the shootings. The violent crimes unit took over the investigation and learned that Galaz and the victim had a prior dating relationship. Galaz became upset after learning that the victim was in a new dating relationship and discharged a firearm into her new partners residence.

On Sunday, Nov. 7, the violent crimes unit obtained an arrest warrant for Galaz. As detectives searched for him, the victim called the Visalia Police Department reporting that Galaz was outside her home. The violent crimes unit learned that Galaz arrived at the victim’s residence and forced her into a vehicle at gunpoint.

Detectives were able to locate Galaz driving a white truck at the intersection of Hall and Houston. Officers initiated a traffic stop but Galaz failed to yield. After a short vehicle pursuit, officers lost sight of Galazs’s vehicle at the intersection of Encina and Oak. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search of Galaz. After learning that Galaz was possibly in the city of Tulare, the violent crimes unit requested the assistance of the Tulare Police Department. Detectives were able to locate Galaz in the 1400 block of Westminister, in Tulare.

The Tulare Police Department initiated a traffic stop but Galaz again failed to yield. A vehicle pursuit was initiated and concluded after Galaz collided with a parked vehicle in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue. After colliding with the parked vehicle, Galaz fled the scene on foot. He was located by a Tulare Police Department K-9 Unit and arrested without further incident. The victim was located and suffered minor injuries from the traffic collision. Galaz was booked the Tulare County pretrial facility for shooting at an occupied dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, failure to yield, and felony hit and run.

Visalia Police Logs

Thursday, Nov. 4

At 8:04 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to an injury traffic collision involving an SUV and a motorcycle. The SUV was traveling east on Walnut, the motorcycle was traveling west on Walnut. The SUV made a left turn to travel north on Garden and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. Upon arrival, officers and EMS personnel located the motorcycle rider in the roadway, with major injuries. The rider was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. The driver of the SUV was uninjured. Police Volunteers (VIPS) responded to the scene to assist with traffic control and the Visalia Police Department traffic unit responded to conduct the investigation. The motorcyclist in this incident, identified as Emmanuel Rivera Salmeron, 39, has been pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries he sustained. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor at this point in the investigation; however, the cause of the collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision can contact the Visalia Police Department traffic unit.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

At 7:40 p.m., Visalia Police Department responded to the AT&T Store on South Mooney Boulevard for an armed robbery. Two subjects entered the store, grabbed numerous phones, and the first subject ran out the store and was followed by the manager. The second subject attacked the manager as he fled. Anyone who witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Visalia Police Department Tip Line at 559-734-5302.

Monday, Nov. 1

At 2:11 p.m., officers were dispatched to Mooney Grove Park regarding a stabbing that just occurred. Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim suffering from a stab wound. Officers learned the victim was involved in an argument with another subject at the park. The suspect who was not involved in the original argument approached the victim and stabbed him. The suspect fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. The victim was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and is listed in critical condition. Officers searched the park and located and arrested the suspect without incident. Violent crimes detectives and crime lab responded to take over the investigation.

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