Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has announced that the Crime Stoppers reward for a tip leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed 17-year old San Joaquin Memorial student Nick Kauls has been raised to $18,000. Last week the Crime Stoppers reward was $3,000.
Mims gave a brief update into the investigation into Kaul’s murder. Kauls was shot in the head by a suspect who tried to rob him in the old Fig Garden area on June 24th. Mims says that the Sheriff’s Office, Fresno Police Department, and Fresno County District Attorney’s Office have been working together to crack the case.
Mims says that the public’s help will be needed to solve this murder. In hopes of generating tips Mims says “members of the community have stepped up generously donating a significant amount of money”. Homeowners from the Fig Garden area have donated $8,000. An anonymous local business owner has donated $5,000. With the existing amount of $5,000 allocated to this case the total now stands at $18,000.
Mims reminds that in order to collect the reward the tip must be made directly to Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP, or at the Crime Stoppers website.
Sheriff Mims says that Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department have tracked down surveillance video that could prove helpful in making an arrest in the case. Mims says that investigators are making good progress in the case as they track down leads.