Three suspects arrested in connection to Tulare County kidnapping, deputies say


Three suspects were arrested in Tulare County Tuesday in connection to multiple kidnapping-related charges.

A fourth suspect in the case is outstanding.

Two search warrants were served in Visalia, and one in Hanford, to suspects who deputies say are involved in a kidnapping for ransom case, as well as other kidnapping-related charges.

Suspects Jacob Flores and Ericka Flores were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and robbery of three people on Oct. 27.

The suspects in the case targeted, planned and executed simultaneous kidnappings, deputies say, adding, that one occurred at a gas station in Cutler and a second happened in Dinuba.

During the attempted kidnapping and robbery in Dinuba, Jacob Flores and Ericka Flores attempted to kidnap a woman along with her 11-year old son, deputies say.

The mother was able to fight off the suspect, who ultimately ran away with items stolen from the car.

At the same time, Paul Flores, Julian Hernandez and an unidentified third male suspect committed the kidnapping of the male victim in Cutler.

The male victim was taken to an unknown home, where he was beaten and held for several hours, deputies say.

He was later released and returned home.

During the investigation, detectives identified Jacob Flores, Ericka Flores, Julian Hernandez and Paul Flores as the suspects responsible for the kidnappings.

Hernandez was taken into custody a week ago in Kings County and is waiting to be transferred to Tulare County.

Paul Flores remains at large and deputies say he is considered armed and dangerous. 

Details surrounding the victims release and items stolen will not be released due to it being an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on Paul Flores’s whereabouts or details on this case is asked to contact Det. Brandon VanCuren or Sgt. Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218, anonymously by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at

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