Porterville shooting leads to home search, arrests


Six people, five with suspected gang ties, were arrested this weekend after gunshots were fired in a Porterville neighborhood.

No one was reported injured.

Police were dispatched at 1:30 a.m. Saturday to the 200 block of North Mathew Street after shots were heard in the area.

Officers arrived and saw four people fleeing into a home, the Porterville Police Department reports. Officers found evidence in front of the home, including shell casings and live ammunition, which led them to believe a shooting had occurred, police report.

Detectives with the department’s Special Investigations Unit were called to help with the investigation.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home at 295 N. Mathew St. They served the search warrant at 4 a.m. Saturday and detained 13 people inside.

Four of those detained were believed to be the same four police saw fleeing into the home, police report.

During the search, police reportedly found ammunition, shell casings and street gang paraphernalia.

A description of the type of ammunition found was not released. No mention was made as to whether or not a gun was found.

David Perez, 20, Christian Tapia, 28, Orlando Martinez, 22, Armando Ceballos, 24, and a 16-year-old, all of Porterville, were found to be validated gang members and were arrested, police report. Maria Tapia, 26, of Porterville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police report.

Ceballos was booked at the Main Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of ammunition, for being a member of a criminal street gang and on a felony arrest warrant, police report. He was being held without bail.

Martinez, Perez and Christian Tapia were booked at the Main Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, being felons in possession of ammunition and for being members of a criminal street gang, police report. All were being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Maria Tapia and the 16-year-old were booked at the Porterville Police Department and later released with citations to appear in court, police report.

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