Fremont Police Help Identify California Criminals

FREMONT – The Fremont Police Department recently helped to identify three suspects wanted in Fremont, North Bend, and the state of California.

According to the Fremont Police Department, on February 22nd of this year, Tienda Mexicana Guerrero grocery store was robbed by two heavily armed masked men. A large amount of cash was stolen from the store, and a third individual acted as a getaway driver.

Fremont Police Officers and Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation. Officers learned the vehicle the suspects used had been stolen in Fremont, and later found it abandoned approximately two blocks away from the scene. The suspects had fled in a different vehicle, and had been involved in another vehicle theft on the same day.

Through the investigation Detectives Matt Hultquist and Aaron Howe were able to determine the robbery and both stolen vehicles were related. Fremont Police Chief, Jeff Elliott, says surveillance video was a big help to the investigation.

“They were able to track down one of the stolen cars, and were able to obtain video surveillance of where the car was stolen from,” said Elliott. “When they were able to do that, they were able to identify three possible suspects in this robbery.”

After identifying the three suspects, they discovered all three had California addresses. The Fremont Police contacted authorities in California, who stated similar robberies in Tulare County. Tulare County authorities were able to link the suspects in Fremont to the robberies in their jurisdiction, based on the information given to them by the Fremont Police.

The Fremont Police Detectives also learned the same three suspects were involved in the theft of another vehicle and the attempted theft of cash from an ATM in North Bend. It is believed that an associate of the three had moved to Nebraska from California, which was what brought the suspects into Fremont, and that the suspects were in the state for approximately six months.

Authorities from California came to Fremont in June, and worked with Fremont Police Detectives and Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Harbaugh on the case, and together were able to further develop details on the three suspects, who have been identified as Javier Beltran Alonzo, Ulises Medina, and Homero Palomino Ontiveros.

Alonzo was arrested in California by Tulare County authorities. He was booked for 14 counts of armed robbery, multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, illegal possession of weapons and ammunition with enhancements, theft, criminal street gang enhancements, child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, and manufacture of concentrated cannabis. He was also arrested for his outstanding warrants for robberies committed in Dodge County, as well as a weapons violation warrant out of Porterville. He currently remains in custody in lieu of bail.

Ontiveros and Medina remain at large. Medina is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5′-03″ to 5′-06″ tall, 155-170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Ontiveros is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5′-10″ tall, 150-170 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Police Chief Elliott says both men are considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached if seen.

“They certainly should be looking for them, and if they are aware of their whereabouts, contact police immediately,” said Elliott. “Do not try and approach these people on your own. I would say there does not appear to be any imminent threats to any businesses based on this information.”

The two suspects are possibly driving a Silver 2009 Chevy Impala LTZ with chrome wheels. The car is likely “cold plated” or has paper plates.

Police Chief Elliott says solving this investigation was due to great police work by the Fremont detectives and the Dodge County investigator.

“The surveillance photo that the detectives initially got, the work that they did to identify these three guys was an extraordinary piece of police work,” said Elliott. “And I want to congratulate all three of them on the work that they did in this case. If it had not been for these three guys, there would have been no arrests in California and they would have had a number of unsolved robberies, and our robbery would not have been solved.”

The investigation is still active. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fremont Police Department or the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

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