Criminologists estimate that drugs, including alcohol, are a factor in nearly 75 percent of all crimes. This number is often higher in rural areas where there is a lack of law enforcement.
But the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is changing that criminal culture. This past week, five more arrests were made in and around Three Rivers.
On Wednesday, May 6, deputies made contact with a subject who reported he had been the victim of an assault at a Three Rivers residence. The man stated that after the assault, the suspect and his girlfriend took his cell phone when they left the residence.
The victim identified the suspects as Jason Castiglione, 41, and Katie Hollister, 33, both of Three Rivers. With the assistance of the Tulare County Probation Department, both suspects were located at a Visalia residence and taken into custody without incident.
Castiglione was charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, and robbery. Hollister was charged with conspiracy and robbery. Both suspects were booked into Tulare County Jail.
On Friday, May 8, deputies responded to a residence in the 43000 block of Sierra Drive on a civil matter. One of the suspects at the residence was determined to have four outstanding warrants.
The subject, Jerry Alvarado, 28, of Tulare was taken into custody and booked into Tulare County Jail.
On the following day, deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Horse Creek area at Lake Kaweah. Deputies made contact with the driver who appeared to be intoxicated.
During the investigation, the driver, Jeremy Grant, 26, said he had been drinking with friends in Three Rivers. Grant was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to Tulare County Jail.
Deputies responded on Tuesday, May 12, to a Three Rivers residence in the 45000 block of Sierra Drive. A man at the residence reported that he feared for his safety and that a suspect had threatened to kill him.
In the course of the investigation, the suspect was determined to be Nicole Garcia, 28. When Garcia returned to the residence she was found to be on probation; a search revealed that she was in possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.
Garcia was arrested and booked on charges of making criminal threats, possession of narcotics, and narcotics paraphernalia.
Anyone with information on these cases or any criminal activity is encouraged to call Three Rivers resident deputy Mark Frick at (559) 733-6218.