Porterville PD makes an arrest in a nearly year-long attempted homicide case


The Porterville Police Department is continuing its investigation into a nearly year-long case of an attempted homicide with an arrest.

On May 31 of last year, officers responded to the area of Birch Drive and Wall Lane for a person who was shot and laying in the street. The victim had multiple gunshot wounds to his back, but survived his life-threatening injuries.

After a lengthy investigation, detectives named Martin Martinez, 25, who police say is an active criminal street gang member, as the suspect in the attempted homicide.

On March 14 of this year, detectives stopped a car leaving Martinez’s home early in the morning. He was a passenger in the car, and was arrested.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Martinez’s residence, where police say additional evidence was collected.

Martinez was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Sub-Station on suspicion of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang.

His bail is set at $540,000.

Anyone with any information regarding activities of criminal street gang members are urged to contact the Porterville Police Department Special Investigations Unit at 559-782-7400.

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