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Tip Led To Arrest In Fatal Hit And Run Of Clovis Vice Principal

18-year old suspect now in custody facing felony charges

FRESNO, California - The California Highway Patrol has announced the identity of a suspect they say killed Fort Washington Elementary School Vice Principal Gavin Gladding back last Sunday.

The suspect is identified as 18-year old Rogelio Alvarez.  CHP spokesman Sgt. Dave Salcido laid out the series of events that led up to the arrest.

According to Salcido the Clovis Police Department received a credible tip on the location of the vehicle involved in the incident, which turned out to be a midnight blue 2006 Chevy Silverado.  While officers were at the scene they got a phone call from the suspect's attorney, Eddie Ruiz, who said his client would be surrendering himself to the CHP Friday night.

Investigators say the vehicle was parked at the home of Alvarez's parents. 

Alvarez faces multiple charges including vehicular manslaughter , felony hit and run , and driving without a license,

The family of Gladding made a public appeal  earlier today for the suspect to turn himself in.  Students at Fort Washington Elementary in Clovis held a tribute to Gladding Friday afternoon.


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