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 09/03/19 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.

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