A trio of unemployed youths were arrested in Madera on charges ranging from conspiracy and petty theft, to attempted murder last Sunday, March 8.
According to official reports by the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Alan Ochoa, Cesar Cruz, and Jonathan Victorino, all 18-years-old, were caught late Sunday night stealing a pair of lawnmowers from a Madera resident. Upon being spotted by the owner, Ochoa, brandishing a revolver, opened fire on the victim of the theft. No one was harmed in the shooting, but several bullets hit a house and car nearby.
“They found the suspects in a local drive through a few minutes later” ABC 30 News reported.
Following the arrest, the lawnmowers were found in the alleged thieves’ vehicle. The equipment was then returned to the owner. It is unclear at this time if Osario, Ochoa, and Victorino were involved in gang activity, or if this was simply a fast way for them to make easy money.
All three men were booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections. Of the three, only Victorino qualified for bail, which was set at $21,000.