Visalia drive-by shooting suspects arrested

Collaborative work between Visalia and Hanford police results in the detainment of four, including a 16-year-old teenager

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published November 25, 2023  • 
10:00 am
(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)

VISALIA – Four suspects have been apprehended in Hanford for a drive-by shooting that recently occurred in Visalia.

Around 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 20, Visalia Police Department officers were dispatched to a possible assault with a deadly weapon in the 3000 block of West Tulare Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, they were told a drive by shooting had occurred. Thankfully, no one was injured.

During the investigation, officers discovered there were four people inside the vehicle when the shooting occurred. VPD obtained the license plate information of the suspect vehicle and broadcasted a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) to surrounding agencies.

The suspect vehicle was found in the city of Hanford by the Hanford Police Department. Hanford PD conducted a traffic stop and found the suspects responsible for the shooting along with two firearms. The Visalia PD Violent Crimes Unit responded to the city of Hanford and arrested Lavonde Moon, 19, Ramon Perdue, 18, Deonte Crawford, 18, and a 16-year-old teenager. 

The adults were booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility. The teen was booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Nov. 19

Just after 2 p.m., VPD were called to the 1000 Block of N. Stover St. for a report of a group of people fighting in the roadway. As officers were responding, dispatch advised additional callers stated there were shots fired.

As officers arrived on scene, a vehicle was seen speeding away from the area. A felony traffic stop was conducted, and Bernardo Ledezma, 35, was arrested and taken into custody.

Officers discovered Ledezma was involved in a physical altercation where he pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds into the ground. Augustin Isarraras, 35, was also involved in the altercation. He was taken into custody for an unrelated felony warrant.

Ledezma’s charges include negligent discharge of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, and child endangerment.

Mid Valley Times Staff