PD Press Release: Abduction and Rape

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.

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Police Chief

Devon Popovich
Chief of Police


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.



Luz Torres
Administrative Assistant
(559) 591-5911

Abel Iriarte
Support Services Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911

Russell Son
Operations Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911