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Contact (559) 591-5911
Devon Popovich, Police Chief
- (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.
On 02/13/16 at approximately 7:10 P.M., Dinuba Police Officers received a call regarding a family disturbance at a residence located in the 100 block of N. Kelly Drive. Upon arrival a Dinuba Police Officer encountered several family members in the front yard of the residence. While the officer was exiting his vehicle he observed a subject who was later identified as, German Aldaz, push a family member and run inside the residence. Dinuba Police Officers began to investigate what had occurred and attempted to contact Aldaz inside the residence. It was during that time that he loaded a shotgun and refused to talk with officers. A short standoff ensued until Aldaz dropped the shotgun and surrendered. The shotgun was found to be illegal due to having a sawed off barrel.
A further investigation found that prior to Dinuba Police Officers arriving at the residence Aldaz had pointed a handgun at a family member and threatened to kill him. The handgun was later retrieved and found to be stolen. Another rifle, a high capacity magazine and illegal narcotics were located as well. Aldaz was booked into Tulare County Jail on gun and drug charges.
On 1/27/16 at 1809 hours, the Dinuba Police Department was dispatched to the 400 block of South L Street for a report of a disturbance. Officers responded, and during their investigation located a large suitcase, container and trash bags with marijuana. Officers collected the marijuana, which had a combined weight of 38½ pounds. The marijuana had been processed and packaged for sales. Twenty-five year old, Fidenico Villafana was taken into custody, booked at the Dinuba Police Department and transported to the Tulare County Jail Pre-Trial facility.
On 01/21/16 at approximately 7:30 P.M., Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to the Jalisco Meat Market located at 150 E. Kern Street regarding a report of an armed robbery. An unknown male subject entered the business and demanded money from a clerk. During that time the subject held a shotgun down at his side. The subject exited the business and got into an unknown make or model truck/SUV, which had someone waiting for him inside.
The subject is described as being a heavy set male possibly white or Hispanic, wearing a long sleeved white/black/gray box patterned Pendleton shirt, a black NY baseball cap, and gray sweats. Dinuba Police Department is investigating leads surrounding the robbery. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Dinuba Police Department Detectives at 559-591-5911 or 559-591-TIP1 to remain anonymous.
On 12/16/15 at approximately 2:50 A.M., Dinuba Police Officers witnessed the driver of a truck traveling southbound the 600 block of S. Alta Avenue, who was ramming a small compact vehicle from behind. The driver of the truck was later identified as 42-year-old, Jose Salinas. It was discovered that the driver of the small compact vehicle that was being rammed, was Salinas’ girlfriend and her two small children. The victim was attempting to get away from Salinas so she drove towards Dinuba Police Department. During that time Salinas began ramming into her vehicle and followed her into the parking lot of the AM/PM gas station, still ramming her vehicle. Dinuba Police Officers were able to take Salinas into custody when he exited his truck and jumped onto his girlfriend’s vehicle. Salinas’ girlfriend suffered only minor injuries as a result of the assault. Salinas was booked into Tulare County Jail on several felony charges to include; child endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.
On 09/03/15 Dinuba Police Department received notification from the United States Border Patrol that 19 year old Raul Cardona was being detained on warrants stemming from Tulare County. Cardona was sought by Dinuba Police in connection with a carjacking and a homicide that occurred this time last year. Cardona was subsequently transported to the Tulare County Jail where he has been arraigned on multiple felony charges.
On 09/08/14 at approximately 0340 hours, Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of East Golden Way regarding a carjacking that had just occurred. Upon arrival a senior male victim was found to be suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The victim recovered from his injuries and his vehicle was later recovered.
Two days later, on 09/10/14 at approximately 1:53 AM, Dinuba Police Officers were dispatch to the area of O Street and Vassar Avenue for a potential disturbance. Upon arrival, the Officers located a Hispanic Male in his mid-thirties lying in the alley way of the 500 block of Vassar Avenue. The male was found with multiple puncture wounds to his upper body and was deceased. Dinuba Police Department identified the victim as 38 year old Arturo Hernandez. The victim was later flown to Mexico for an appropriate burial. Dinuba Police Department is still seeking 18 year old Uriel Vasquez as he acted along with Cardona on the two incidents. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Uriel Vasquez, you are urged to contact the Dinuba Police Department. Please call 559-591-5911 or 591-TIP1 to remain anonymous. Dinuba Police Department is offering up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of Uriel Vasquez.
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.