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Fresno PD Credits Crime Stoppers Tip in Arrest of Homicide Suspect



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Jerry Rodriguez, 31, is charged with murdering Salvador Olivera, 41, near Fruit and Ashlan avenues on March 28 in Fresno. (GV Wire File)
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Fresno police are crediting a Valley Crime Stoppers tip for the apprehension of homicide suspect Jerry Rodriguez, 31, on Sunday.

Homicide suspect Jerry Rodriguez

Officers arrested Rodriguez at a motel near Blackstone and Barstow Avenues in connection with the shooting death of Salvador Olivera, 41, on Monday, March 28.

Authorities discovered the shooting victim after Shotspotter technology indicated that four rounds were fired at about 4:30 a.m. at an apartment complex near Ashlan and Fruit avenues.

Police believe that Rodriguez and Olivera got into an argument before the homicide. Fresno Police Lt. Paul Cervantes said Olivera’s girlfriend had previously dated Rodriguez.

Homicide victim Salvador Olivera

Rodriguez, who is on probation for other crimes, was charged with murder and remains in Fresno County Jail.

Crime Stoppers offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to Rodriguez’s arrest. Anyone providing tips to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Police Seek Additional Info in Case

“The Fresno Police Department thanks our community and Crime Stoppers for helping us locate and capture this dangerous fugitive. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe,” officials said in a news release.

Homicide detectives are seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with tips can contact Crime Stoppers (559 498-STOP) or detectives Vic Miranda (559 621-2452) and Josh Alexander (559 621-2455). The case number is  2203280165.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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