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2 Adults 2 Teens Arrested for Alleged Robberies and Shootout with Tulare Sheriff’s Deputies

2 Adults 2 Teens Arrested for Alleged Robberies and Shootout with Tulare Sheriff’s Deputies

Pictures left to right: Ismael Cervantez, Agustine Chavez Credit Tulare Sheriff

Pictures left to right: Ismael Cervantez, Agustine Chavez Credit Tulare Sheriff

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Sheriff Boudreaux Provides Update to String of Armed Robberies Targeting Tulare County Dairies

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, TCSO Deputies were called to the Little Rock Dairy in the 13000 Block of Road 80 in Tipton for an armed robbery.

When Deputies arrived, they were told that four men walked up to four workers at the dairy and demanded their personal belongings. Two of the suspects were armed. The victims gave them their cell phones and wallets and the suspects took off.
Over the next hour, the suspects proceeded to rob workers at four more dairies, including the Golden State Dairy in Pixley, the Henry Garcia Dairy in Tulare, Mendonca Farms in Tipton and Dick Vanderham & Sons Dairy, also in Tipton. During all of the robberies, at least one of the suspects was armed and they took the victims’ cell phones and wallets. At the robbery in Tulare, the suspects also stole the victim’s car, a Honda CRV.

Just after 10 p.m., Law enforcement officers tracked down the Honda CRV on Hwy 99 and Ave 24. Officers tried to stop the car but the driver refused. There was a short chase, but the driver eventually stopped in the area of Ave 80 and Rd 140 and the suspects ran off into an orchard.

As deputies chased the suspects, at least one of them shot at deputies and deputies shot back. No one was hurt. deputies arrested 24-year-old Agustine Chavez, 18-year-old Ismael Cervantez, as well as a 15 and 16-year-old boy. They face charges of robbery, attempted murder of a police officer and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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