Police Department Press Releases

On 01/05/17 at approximately 9:51 P.M., a Dinuba Police Officer walked into a gas station located in the 1200 Block of North Alta Avenue, at which time he observed two male subjects holding the store clerk at gunpoint. Both subjects were armed with handguns and began firing at the officer. The two subjects fled from the store and one of the subjects got into a getaway vehicle that was parked outside. The officer gave chase after one of the suspects on foot as the suspect continued firing at the officer. The officer was able to return fire during the foot chase. Shortly one of the suspects was struck several times and was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. During the robbery the store clerk was assaulted by the suspects but was treated for his injuries and released. The officer did not sustain any injuries. The deceased subject was later identified as 20 year old Luis Vargas.

The remaining suspects later fled on foot from the suspect vehicle a short while later. With the assistance of Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Reedley Police Department, Farmersville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, a second suspect was located hiding in the backyard of a residence and was taken into custody.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Dinuba Police Department Detectives at 559-591-5911 or 559-591-TIP1 to remain anonymous.

On 09/07/19, at approximately 7:29 PM, the Dinuba Police Department was informed of an abduction that occurred within the city of Dinuba.  The Dinuba Police Detectives Division began an investigation and contacted an adult female at a local hospital where she had been taken for treatment.

The victim reported, on two days prior, she had been walking near a recycling center at sunset in downtown Dinuba.  She reported a man grabbed her, put a knife to her neck, and pulled her into his vehicle.  The suspect then took the victim out to an orchard in the Sultana area where he proceeded to sexually assault her.  The suspect then brought the victim back to Dinuba and dropped her off in the same area he abducted her.

The suspect was described as a Spanish and English speaking Hispanic male, tall/thin build, with a mustache, black hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion.   He was last seen wearing a white/blue checkered shirt.  The suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray truck.  The victim reported she has seen this same person in the area of downtown Dinuba on several prior occasions during which he has motioned her over to him.

A witness also reported that on two recent occasions she has been approached by an individual in a gray truck who offered her a ride and asked her personal questions.  This individual was described as a tall thin man with wavy hair, approximately 30-40 years old, who spoken in English and Spanish.  His vehicle was described as two-door dark gray truck, slightly lifted, with tinted windows.

The Dinuba Police Department is currently investigating this case. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call the Dinuba Police Department at (559) 591-5911 or to remain anonymous call 591-TIP1.

On 09/03/19 at approximately 1455 hours, the Dinuba Police Department was dispatched to a confidential address within the city limits for a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officers contacted 2 female juvenile Dinuba High School Students. The DHS students advised that as they were walking home, they were going through the parking lot in the 100 block of North Alta. As they passed through the parking lot, they observed a male subject sitting in a vehicle. The male subject exited his vehicle, and from standing by his door, held up what appeared to them to be a 100 dollar bill, while motioning for them to come over to his vehicle.

The DHS students ignored the subject and continued walking n/b on Alta Avenue. The male subject got back into his vehicle and also drove n/b on Alta, passing by their location slowly, before continuing on N/B.

One of the DHS students called their parents, as they took a side street off of Alta.

They described the male subject as being 25-30 years old, dark complexion, possibly wearing a head dress of some sort. He was driving an older, dark colored vehicle.

The School Resource Officer handled the incident and was in contact with Dinuba High School, working closely with them.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Dinuba Police Department at (559) 591-5911.

On 08-06-2019 between the hours of 7:10 pm and 7:35 pm Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim located in the 500 block of Yale (Dinuba, CA). Upon arrival, Officers located one gunshot victim who succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. A second victim was located who sustained several stab wounds and was rushed to a local hospital.

During the course of the investigation, the Dinuba Police Investigations Unit received information and evidence in identifying the homicide suspect as Jose Manuel Lopez. Jose Manuel Lopez is wanted in connection to this homicide and is considered armed and dangerous. Jose Manuel Lopez is believed to be driving a 2016 silver Hyundai Elantra.

If you wish to speak with the Case Detective, please contact Dinuba Police Detective Baldo DeHaro at (559) 591-5914 Ext 210. DINUBA POLICE DEPARTMENT CASE DF1902365
You may also call the Dinuba Police Anonymous TIP-Line at (559) 591-8471 / (559) 591-TIP1.

WANTED SUSPECT:
Jose Manuel Lopez
DOB: 10-10-1996
Height: 5’10” / Weight: 180 lbs. / Hair: Black / Eyes: Brown

On 08/11/19 at approximately 2138 hours, the Dinuba Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of West El Monte and Monte Vista for a traffic collision between a Black BMW and a Black Honda Accord. Upon arrival, Officer’s located the driver of the Black Honda Accord with major injuries. The driver of the Black BMW fled the scene on foot prior to Officer’s arrival.

The Dinuba Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen the collision or the driver of the Black BMW to contact the department at (559) 591-5911. You may also leave a tip by calling (559)591-TIP1. You may remain anonymous.

Contact Police Department

Police Chief

Devon Popovich
Chief of Police
dpopovich@dinuba.ca.gov

 

Contact Information

Police Department
680 S. Alta Ave
Dinuba, CA 93618

Main Office: (559) 591-5911
Fax: (559)-591-5920

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Staff

Luz Torres
Administrative Assistant
(559) 591-5911
ltorres@dinuba.ca.gov

Abel Iriarte
Support Services Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911
airiarte@dinuba.ca.gov

Russell Son
Operations Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911
rson@dinuba.ca.gov