Blood Trail Leads South Valley Detectives To Suspect In Brutal Attack On Woman

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Investigators with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office used a few drops of blood and some high tech to make an arrest in a months old attack on a woman who was forced off the road and attacked.

The incident happened last December 2nd.  Deputies from the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation were called to the Ducor Handy Market at Avenue 56 and Highway 65.

When they arrived they found a woman who had been crying, and said she’d been the victim of a terrifying attack.

The woman said she was driving from Porterville to Delano when someone driving a pickup began ramming her car, eventually forcing her off the road.

After she came to a stop the suspect stopped his truck, got out, and tried to get into her car by pulling on the driver side door. 

When that wasn’t successful he used a hammer to smash a window, and cut himself in the process.  The victim was able to drive away before the man broke into her car.

Deputies found blood on the car that was consistent with the woman’s description of the attack.  Investigators then sent a sample of the blood to the Department Of Justice for DNA testing.  

On Thursday, acting on information from the Department Of Justice, Deputies executed a search warrant at a home on the 1100 block of Freemont Street in Delano.

Detectives gathered information that led them to a second location on the 800 block of Maria Way. That’s where they found their suspect, identified at 40-year old Silvestre Zavala Pimentel. 

Detectives interviewed Pimentel, and determined that he was the man behind the attack on the woman back in December.  Pimentel was booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility in Visalia without incident.  

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