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- (559) 591-TIP1 (8471) - Anonymous Tip line - Leave an anonymous message pertaining to illegal activity within the City.
- (559)591-4445 - Project Listen Message line - If you would like to be contacted, please leave your name, address and phone number on the answering machine, and a Project Listen Volunteer will contact you.
Community Volunteer Patrol
The Community Volunteers are a group of civic-minded residents who have expressed an interest in working toward a better community. The volunteers are trained in police operations during an eight-session Volunteer Academy. Once they have completed the training, the volunteers are released for ride-a-longs, patrol, district attorney paperwork delivery and community event assistance. Investigators and patrol officers normally conduct these details, their time is free providing direct services to the Community.
This program is part of the overall Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Philosophy that is employed by the Department and City Government of Dinuba. The Program is a relationship building activity used by the front line officers and supervisors to provide opportunity for communications with the community. It has been very effective in identifying concerns, problems and approaches in dealing with issues.
Our number one priority is devoting all available resources to pursuing justice for Eli and his family.
As a father myself, I am horrified by this senseless crime.
I met with Eli’s family last night and shared the investigative steps that we are taking, which includes bringing in additional resources from outside agencies. The Coroner’s Office has promised to make analyzing toxicology and lab reports for this case its top priority. Likewise, the Department of Justice has made processing evidence from the vehicle used in this crime its top priority as well. Our detectives and other police personnel have been working around the clock, continuing to interview witnesses and gather additional evidence.
It is not a matter of whether a crime was committed in this case. It is a matter of gathering and analyzing all of the evidence to determine what crimes may have been committed. By law, we are required to release juvenile suspects after holding them for 48 hours if they have not yet been charged with a crime.
I understand and share the community’s frustration and outrage over Eli’s tragic death. We are working hard to complete the investigation as quickly as possible.
I intend to keep Eli’s family and the community informed during the investigation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with our agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.
On 09-30-14 at approximately 8:44 PM, Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of East Park Way for a report of shots fired. While enroute, several reporting parties, advised that the shots came from a residence in the 1000 block of East Park Way. Upon arrival, Officers located evidence that a firearm had been discharged. Officers were gained access to the residence and detained 4 people inside.
When they attempted to gain access to the attic, they noticed that someone was hiding there. After a lengthy standoff, the suspect, Jonathon Espindola, was located hidden in the attic insulation. He was taken into custody on a Felony No Bail Warrant and resisting arrest. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and the following was located inside; several stolen items and a substantial amount of narcotics for sales. In addition, one of the detained females, Christina Aguilar, was found to have several out of county Felony Warrants. All suspects arrested were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for the following charges: Possession of a narcotic for sales and Possession of Stolen Property.
Jack Benigno’s Tree Service Inc. has notified Dinuba Police Department that they have opened up a fund to assist the Montanez Family with funeral services for their daughter, Krisalyn Montanez. Three year old Krisalyn tragically passed away on September 23, 2014, after being struck by a motor vehicle near Wilson Elementary School in Dinuba. Jack Benigno’s Tree Service has initiated the fund by pledging $500. They opened an account with Citi Bank under “Krisalyn Montanez Memorial Fund”, account #205908783. For those of you who would like to assist, you may do so by visiting your local Citi Bank. Contributions may also be made by check or money order and mailed to Citi Bank at 1501 South Mooney Boulevard, Visalia CA 93277. Local residents may visit the nearest Citi Bank to Dinuba, which is located at 1710 9th Street in Reedley