Fresno County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Fresno County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 2200 Fresno St, Fresno, 93721 CA
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Phone: 559-600-8400
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Fresno County Sheriff's Department is located at 2200 Fresno St, Fresno, 93721 CA. The Fresno County Sheriff's Department phone number is 559-600-8400.

Fresno County Sheriff's Department News

17 Year Old Boy Shot & Critically Injured During Robbery Attempt Around 11:45 pm on Sunday, June 24th, dispatchers at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 phone call stating gunshots had been fired and a person was hit. Deputies responded to the 4700 block of N. Sunset Drive, near Van Ness and Rialto in Fresno’s Old Fig Garden neighborhood. They found a 17 year old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. A deputy provided medical aid while waiting for EMS to respond. Medics arrived and transported the teen to Community Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Homicide detectives and members of the Crime Scene Unit responded to the shooting scene to interview witnesses and collect evidence. Detectives learned the victim was outside a home with his friend when they were approached by people in an SUV. Someone inside the SUV demanded the boys hand over all of their belongings. The boys refused and ran away. One of the robbery suspects then fired shots at them, striking one of the boys. The suspects drove away on Rialto. The other boy was able to get inside the home and asked for someone to call for help. Detectives are still trying to collect a better description of the suspect(s) and the vehicle involved. Sheriff’s detectives met with Fresno Police detectives regarding other attempted robberies and shootings that occurred earlier in the night in the city of Fresno to see if their calls may be related to this one. It’s unknown if the boys were specifically targeted or chosen at random. This remains an ongoing investigation. If you have any video surveillance footage of streets in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood, between 11:00 pm - 12:00 am on June 24th, please contact the Sheriff's Office so we may review it for possible images of the suspect(s). Anyone with additional information on the suspect(s) in this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111, Detective Adam Maldonado (559) 231-6944, or Detective Adrian Villegas (559) 600-8210. You may also call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Two Children Drown During Separate Incidents Around 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 23rd, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a call saying family members had pulled a three year old boy out of an in ground hot tub at their home. Deputies responded to the home located on the 2200 block of W. Adams Ave. in Fresno. The first deputy on scene performed CPR until EMS showed up and took over. The boy was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later passed away. The boy has been identified as Alexander Leon. The investigation shows Alexander’s father was doing yard work, while his two teenage sons were watching their little brother. Alexander slipped out of their sight and got into the hot tub. It’s believed he was in the water a few minutes before being removed. Around 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 24th, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two year old boy who was unconscious, floating in a swimming pool at a home on the 32000 block of Lockwood Lane in Prather. A parent pulled the boy out of the water and started doing CPR on the child until EMS arrived and took over. The boy was transported to Clovis Community Hospital and then transferred to Valley Children’s where he passed away. The boy’s name is not available for release at this time. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to be safe in and around pools and all natural waterways. Take these simple measures. 1) Wear a life jacket. Make sure children have one that fits them properly. 2) Stay close to shore if you are not an experienced swimmer. 3) Parents should watch their children at all times. 4) Do not mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol causes swimmers to fatigue faster than normal and can create dangerous situations. 5) Understand that when it’s extremely hot outside you will get tired faster than usual. 6) Respect the water. The temperature of the water remains cold and the current is often stronger than it appears. There can be debris in the water, which is difficult to see and may cause hazardous situations for swimmers. Be careful of the mud on the bottom of lakes and rivers, it’s easy to sink in some spots and get your feet stuck.

Parlier Man Arrested for Triple Stabbing that Left One Dead Deputies have booked 65 year old Mario Rosales of Parlier into the Fresno County Jail on charges of murder and attempted murder. Around 7:15 pm on Saturday, June 23rd, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disturbance between a group of men. One man, later identified as Mario Rosales, had a knife and was trying to stab others. This took place at a home on Tuolumne Street in Parlier, between K St. and J St. Parlier Police officers arrived and found three men with stab wounds. One had been killed, the other was seriously hurt and transported to the hospital and the third had minor injuries. He was treated at the scene. Officers took Rosales into custody. Parlier Police requested sheriff’s detectives respond to the scene to take over the investigation. A motive for the stabbings has not been determined. This remains an ongoing investigation. The name of the man killed is not available for release. Family members must still be notified of his death. Anyone with additional information on the suspect(s) in this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111, Detective Juan Galindo (559) 600-8215. You may also call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Coroner’s Office Seeks to Identify Man Found Next to Fresno Freeway The Fresno County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office needs the public’s help to identify a man found deceased on May 24, 2018. He was discovered in the bushes near the off-ramp at Highway 41 and Herndon Ave. in Fresno. Fingerprints have been taken, but results were negative. He appears to match the description of a homeless man who was a regular visitor of the McDonald’s restaurants located at First St. / Nees Ave. and Blackstone Ave. / Bullard Ave. Those restaurants have provided our office with photos of that man. Once staff at the Coroner’s Office is able to positively identify the deceased man, they can begin the process of tracking down his family members to allow for a proper burial. Anyone with information about this man is asked to please contact the Coroner’s Unit at (559) 600-3400, coroner@fresnosheriff.org or email the Deputy Coroner handling this case at jeff.gentry@fresnosheriff.org

Wednesday evening, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing 15 year old boy. The teen never returned to his campground after rafting with family members in the Mono Hot Springs area of the Sierra National Forest. Search and Rescue (SAR) deputies and volunteers responded to the area to look for him. They worked throughout the night and around 9:00 am on Thursday SAR members found him. Our EAGLE One helicopter was directed to the location, landed, picked up the boy and flew him back to his family. He was not injured. Our website offers some good safety tips for hikers, hunters and campers. http://www.fresnosheriff.org/units/specialty-units/search-and-rescue.html

Attorney General Becerra Awards the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office $325,000 Over the Next Two Years to Combat Illegal Tobacco Use Among Minors 71 local government agencies awarded a total of $37.5 Million in grants to reduce illegal sales of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors and youth [LOS ANGELES] – On June 12, 2018, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $325,969 in state grant funding from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to combat the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. The grants, $37.5 million in total, were distributed to 71 local entities throughout the state. They will fund operations, retailer training programs, the installation of signage, youth outreach, tobacco retail license inspections, training for sworn personnel and other activities. "Tobacco remains a very serious public health concern,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These grants will provide additional tools to law enforcement to help educate kids about the dangers of smoking. The grants will also help local communities enforce laws against selling tobacco products to minors. These grants are an important step toward reducing illegal sales and building a healthier California.” Proposition 56 (Prop. 56), the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, was approved by voters in November 2016. Effective April 2017, it raised the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. Prop. 56 specifically allocates $30 million of revenue to be distributed annually by the California Department of Justice to local law enforcement agencies for the support and hiring of peace officers for various activities, including investigations intended to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors. This year’s Prop. 56 grant recipients will use the state dollars to fund different anti-smoking campaigns and projects including new training and educational materials for officers and tobacco sellers to reduce illegal sales of tobacco products to minors, and law enforcement operations targeted at retailers selling to minors. The recipients are among different cities, counties, school districts and sheriff/police departments. To see a full list of grant recipients, visit https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/tobacco/tobacco-grants-17-18.pdf

The application process has been extended for job openings as a Fresno County Sheriff's Office Communications Dispatcher 2 & 3. The window to apply could close at anytime, so don't wait, fill out an application now. http://bit.ly/2MnzxK3

Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate to Take Down Major Methamphetamine Suppliers An eight-month operation by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has netted numerous arrests and seizures: - 7 search warrants were served - 46 lbs. of methamphetamine was recovered - 211 marijuana plants eradicated - 3 lbs. of processed marijuana recovered - $10,000 in cash seized - 5 guns recovered - 11 people arrested This announcement is made by U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan. In November 2017, a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol made a traffic stop in the area of Fresno St. and Ashlan Ave. The driver, 55 year old David Stuard of Fresno, was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail after the deputy searched his vehicle and found approximately one pound of methamphetamine, along with heroin and prescription pills. The Fresno Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) was notified of the arrest and began an investigation. Detectives learned Stuard would buy one kilogram (2.2 lbs.) of methamphetamine at a time and sell it in half and one pound quantities to smaller dealers. As detectives investigated further, they identified two Fresno men as being the major suppliers. Detectives served search warrants at seven locations, six of which were in Fresno and one in Modesto. The DEU brought the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, DEA and FBI, who agreed to prosecute the case at the federal level. The Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of a portion of the 11 men and women arrested who face federal drug-related charges. On June 14, 2018, Victor Garcia, 33; Angel Rivera, 31; Adolfo Lopez Rayas, 32; Patrick Shaun Burriel, 46; and Michelle Madewell, 41, all of Fresno; and Luis Chaves Torres, 38, of Modesto; were charged in a nine-count federal indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and other narcotics offenses. Lopez-Rayas and Torres were also charged with firearms offenses. On June 14, 2018, another one-count indictment was returned against David Stuard, 56, charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Assisting in the investigation were California Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, Fresno Police Department, Kings County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vincenza Rabenn and Laurel Montoya are prosecuting the cases. This case was the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. To accomplish this mission, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its federal and local law enforcement agency members. If convicted of the drug offenses, Garcia, Rivera, Lopez Rayas, and Torres, face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted, Burriel and Madewell face up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million. If convicted of the firearms offenses, Torres and Lopez Rayas face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

On June 19th, members of CHP – Fresno, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff's Office, Fresno County Probation Department, Fresno County District Attorney's Office and Clovis Police Department, California took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The 9-mile long run raises money and awareness for Special Olympics and our local athletes. It costs roughly $300 dollars to sponsor one athlete for the year. These athletes will compete in the 2018 Summer Games being held June 22-24 in Davis, CA. We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors for making this happen. They include: The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Fresno Sheriff Sergeant’s Association, Fresno County Public Safety Association, Fresno County District Attorney’s Association, Fresno County Deputy Probation Officer Association, Fresno Coin Gallery, The Firing Line and Dog House Grill. You may still donate to the athletes by visiting https://specialolympics.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5897

Tuesday is the deadline to apply to become a Fresno County Sheriff's Office Communications Dispatcher 2 & 3. Don't wait, fill out an application now. http://bit.ly/2MnzxK3

These three kids were excited to meet some of our deputies at the San Joaquin Carnival and our guys were equally as happy to meet them. We love building positive relationships in our community!

This fundraiser, presented by the Fresno County Public Safety Association, is to benefit college scholarship funds for the children of Fresno County Sheriff's Correctional Officers Toamalama Scanlan and Juanita Davila. In September of 2016, an armed man shot and seriously injured Scanlan and Davila while they were on-duty at the Fresno County Jail. Today, both are still in recovery stages. For more information on the event, contact Ernie Jaime at 559-860-9285 or fresnoyankfan@yahoo.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill and you can help support Special Olympics Northern California. Fresno County Sheriff's Office is proud to support Special Olympics athletes who will be competing in the 2018 Summer Games happening June 22 - 24 in Davis, CA.

Looking for a rewarding career helping people / saving lives? The application process for Communications Dispatcher 2 & 3 is officially open. Apply online now at bit.ly/2MnzxK3

Local Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Comes to Fresno on June 19, 2018 Members of CHP – Fresno, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff's Office and Clovis Police Department, California will hit the pavement on Tuesday, June 19th to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics and our local athletes. Details of the approximately 9 mile long route will be announced soon. The Torch Run is seeking donations to support 22,000 special needs athletes from Special Olympics Northern California. The run is open to the public and registration is $25.00 dollars. The registration fee allows all participants to receive a free dry-fit runner’s shirt. To register, visit:https://specialolympics.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5897 (Photo from 2016)

Save time, report a crime online. Examples include: Harassing Phone Call Identity Theft Lost Property Theft Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Vandalism Theft From Vehicle (Vehicle Burglary) Theft of Vehicle Parts / Accessories Vandalism to Vehicle Additional Property Loss Items/SO136 House Check Custody Order Violation http://www.fresnosheriff.org/report-a-crime-online.html

On Friday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office announced its implementation of a public safety communication system called FirstNet, built by AT&T. Our county is the first in the state to adopt this technology. Here is how it basically works. In the event of a major disaster like a wildfire, flood, earthquake or chemical attack, we know the region’s cell phone network will become overwhelmed. FirstNet gives our office the ability to prioritize and preempt calls so that life-saving resources will not be impacted. FirstNet now puts the Sheriff’s Office in the best position to deliver vital safety services to the public by ensuring communication systems stay intact for first responders.

Property Crimes Detectives Arrest Suspect for Robbing and Beating Bicyclist Property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 20 year old Marcos Nanez of Fresno. He is currently in the Fresno County Jail facing felony charges of robbery and possession of stolen property. Nanez is also being held on other charges related to a Fresno Police investigation. Just before 6:30 am on Sunday, April 15th, 2018, a man in his early 60s was riding his bicycle north along Friant Road. Shortly after passing Sumner Peck Ranch Winery, the man noticed a light-colored, older model compact SUV on the shoulder of the road with its hood up and rear hatch open. Two men were standing near the vehicle. As the bicyclist attempted to pass by, one of the men rushed toward him. He later woke up to medical personnel and citizens helping treat his injuries, which included a wound to his head, a fractured arm and collarbone. The man’s bike and wallet were gone, which held his badge identifying him as a retired officer with the California Highway Patrol. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment. Property crimes detectives began an investigation. On April 18th, an employee at a business contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report finding a wallet. Inside was a badge and ID matching those taken from the victim. Detectives collected it as evidence. Also on this day, detectives followed a lead on the whereabouts of the stolen 2004 Ridley Excalibur Carbon Fiber bicycle and were able to recover it. Detectives then developed information about a man who may have stolen the bike and worked to track him down. They later identified Marcos Nanez as the primary suspect in the case. Detectives located Nanez, interviewed him and arrested him for his role in the robbery of the bicyclist on Friant Road. The victim’s health has improved since the day of the robbery and he is still working to try and make a full recovery. This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information about the suspects or their vehicle is asked to contact Detective Tim Juarez at (559) 600-8061 or Timothy.Juarez@fresnosheriff.org You may also contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Detective Juarez has been unable to speak with all witnesses to the crime on April 15th. He asks any of those from the scene who have not spoken with him to contact him as soon as possible.

On Thursday, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims hosted a ceremony at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Sheriff Mims swore in 37 new employees, recognized 11 promotions and gave awards to two people for their exceptional work. One of those given an award was Hector Villarreal, correctional officer at the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. Earlier this year, he helped apprehend the man randomly shooting at vehicles on roadways in the Kerman area.

Shooting Suspect Arrested After Leading Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies on Vehicle Pursuit During Tuesday's Commute Homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 40 year old David Wayne Brown of Clovis. He is currently in the Fresno County Jail and is being held on a parole violation. On June 5, 2018, just after 11:00 am, sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call from a farmworker in the area of N. MacDonough, north of Belmont Ave. The worker said he found an injured woman on the canal bank and it appeared she had been shot multiple times, including her face. The woman, in her early 40s, was life-flighted to the hospital. Deputies who responded to the scene were able to briefly speak with the woman and determine her ex-boyfriend, David Brown, was responsible for the shooting. Homicide detectives began to search for Brown and the vehicle he may be driving. Around 5:15 pm, a deputy saw a car in the area of Sunnyside and Gettysburg Avenues in Clovis that might be related to Brown. As the deputy got closer, he noticed Brown was driving the car. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but Brown took off. A pursuit ensued and additional deputies were notified, including the crew flying our EAGLE One helicopter. Brown drove across numerous streets in Clovis and Fresno. He drove at speeds over 60 mph, ran stop signs, traffic lights and showed no regard for public safety. Approximately 10 minutes after the pursuit began, EAGLE One directed deputies toward the suspect at the intersection of Bullard Ave. and Fresno Street. As Brown attempted to cut through a gas station parking lot at slow speed, a deputy used his patrol SUV to strike the side of Brown’s car. Other deputies used their vehicles to surround Brown’s car, preventing him from driving any further. Deputies took Brown out of the car along with a woman who was in the passenger’s seat. Brown was arrested and then given medical treatment. The woman was interviewed and later released. Detectives have not yet submitted charges against Brown. Once they do, he will likely face felony charges of evading police and attempted murder. Anyone with additional information related to this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (559) 600-3111, Detective George Razo at (559) 600-8206 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

In search of dinner plans tonight? Local law enforcement members will be serving guests at the Chili's restaurant in Fresno to benefit local athletes of Special Olympics. It takes place at the Chili's located at 7010 N. Fresno Street (NE corner of Herndon & Fresno) 100% of tips donated will benefit Special Olympics.

Tomorrow night local law enforcement members and athletes will be serving you at your local Chili's for Special Olympics. Stop in, enjoy a meal, give a tip and help support this amazing cause. It takes place at the Chili's Restaurant located at 7010 N. Fresno Street in Fresno. 100% of tips donated will benefit Special Olympics.

CHP Officer Stops Hay Thief Thanks to Media Publications On the morning of June 2, 2018, an officer with CHP – Fresno made a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet pickup truck at Walnut and Annadale Avenues in Fresno. The officer recognized the truck from a Fresno County Sheriff’s Office press released publicized the previous day on social media and the local news. He knew the vehicle and driver were possibly linked to a recent theft of hay bales. The officer detained the driver, 44 year old Jeff Fyfe of Kerman and requested a sheriff’s deputy to the scene to continue the investigation. The officer and deputy matched several distinguishing features of the truck to ones shown in the pictures posted online. Although Fyfe looked different (clean shaven) from surveillance photos captured at the ranch, Fyfe admitted that he had stolen hay bales in the area. Officers found Fyfe to be in possession of heroin and a needle. The deputy arrested Fyfe on misdemeanor charges of petty theft, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Fresno County Jail and was released later in the day after posting bond. This investigation began as a farmer with a ranch near Kearney Park in Fresno recently noticed bales of hay slowing disappearing from his large stack. To try and combat the problem, the farmer setup trail cameras on his property to get a visual of the thief. On May 29, 2018, the farmer checked his cameras and found images of a man stealing bales of alfalfa. He reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Ag Task Force, which took a report and released the surveillance photos to the public asking for help.