Photo: Mario McCullum
About 3:30 AM on 10/25/2019, a Fairview Drive homeowner called Lemoore Police Department dispatch to report their security cameras had captured a man trying to get into vehicles parked on and near their property. The caller described the suspect and notified police which direction on Lincoln Lane the suspect headed.
Police quickly arrived to the reported area and found the suspect walking hastily while carrying a bag of tools. When the suspect, later identified as 30-year old Mario McCullum, saw police, he dropped the bag and took off running toward the backyard of a 1300 Lincoln Lane block residence, ignoring multiple commands to stop.
Officers set up a perimeter and thermal camera equipped drones were deployed. A Kings County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was also requested. About 4:11 AM, McCullum was found hiding in a front yard bush of a Lincoln Lane residence. The K9 unit went in and facilitated the capture of McCullum who was treated at a local hospital before being booked into the Kings County Jail.
On his person, McCullum had property belonging to two people. The bag of tools he had previously dropped was also stolen from a vehicle on Lincoln. He faces charges for resisting/delaying a police officer, trespassing, and theft from a motor vehicle. While bail is set at $20,000, two no bail warrants will keep McCullum in custody a while longer.
Photo from Lemoore Police Department