Man aggressively approached shoppers in front of Visalia Walmart and tried to take cell phone from someone calling 911: Police

Police Car_1482441089233.png

VISALIA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Authorities say a man was arrested Saturday evening after he allegedly aggressively approached shoppers outside of a Visalia Walmart and tried to take away a victim’s cell phone as they were trying to call 911.

Visalia Police officers received a call around 8:13 p.m. about a man causing a disturbance in front of a Walmart at 1819 E. Noble Ave., Sgt. Gary Williams said. The suspect, identified as Andre Rhodes, 23, was aggressively approaching customers outside and tried to take a cell phone from a victim who was trying to call 911.

The suspect was contacted in the parking lot and began to struggle with officers.

Rhodes was eventually taken into custody and was transported and booked into the Tulare County Pretrial facility for charges of obstruction of 911 phone use, attempted robbery, and resisting arrest, Williams said. There were no injuries received during the arrest.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383

Don’t Miss

Best of the Valley
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.