Photo: Fabian Rojas
A burglary alarm was activated at several points in a residence located on the 800 block of South Jaye Street in Porterville the morning of July 8, 2020. A neighbor communicated with the Porterville Police Department the description of someone fleeing on foot from the home.
The responding officers confirmed a burglary had occurred. As officers canvassed the area, a
man later identified as 34-year old Fabian Rojas, watched from behind a nearby Burger King as officers conducted their investigation. He did not see an officer observing him, noticing he
matched the description of the fleeing suspect. He was startled when the officer approached him.
During an infield show up, in which Rojas alone was presented to a witness and asked if the
individual is the person they saw, Rojas was confirmed as the person running from the home
after the burglary.
Additionally, Rojas was tied to the crime scene by evidence found at the burglarized home and was in possession of stolen items from the home. He was also in possession of burglary tools.
Rojas, who is on CDC parole for homicide, was arrested for residential burglary, looting during a
state of emergency, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and a parole
violation. He was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South County Detention
Facility without bail.
Photo from the Porterville Police Station