Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 18 year old Fernando Fernandez and 18 year old Trinidad Loera, both of Orange Cove.

The two men have been booked into the Fresno County Jail.  They each face a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.  Both have bail amounts set at $20,000.  A 16 year old boy from Reedley was also arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation.  He was booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Center. 

Around 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 9th, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Avocado Lake Park (3401 N. Piedra Road) for a report of a stabbing.  Deputies arrived and found a 16 year old boy who had suffered a stab wound.  Firefighters and other members of EMS came to the scene and treated the boy for his injuries.  He was transported to the hospital for further medical aid.  He is expected to recover from his injuries.

During the investigation, deputies learned that the victim was at the park with his family.  While taking a swim in the lake, a teenage boy approached him and asked him if he was part of a gang.  The victim told him no.  As the victim was getting out of the water, two more teenage boys confronted him.  They got into an argument, which then turned into a fist fight.  During the fight, the victim received a stab wound to his back from a knife.  The group of young men scattered, leaving the victim on the ground.  The three suspects then fled in a car.

Deputies spoke with several witnesses at the park and received valuable information about the suspects.  Thanks to information obtained, deputies were able to identify the suspects and track them down during a vehicle stop near Highway 180 and Frankwood Ave.  All three suspects are known to associate with gang members.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact Sheriff’s Dispatchers at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867,  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. 

Fernando Fernandez
Trinidad Loera



Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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