Officers responded to what was initially reported as a train VS pedestrian fatality at the intersection of Lincoln and Worth Streets, in the Seaport district, Upon further investigation it was determined the adult male victim was fleeing from a suspect who had just robbed him then pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot him. The victim ran and was struck by a train as he attempted to cross the railway tracks on Lincoln north of Worth Street.

The robber was described as a 25-year-old black male, 6-0’ 150lbs, wearing a black sweatshirt, and armed with a handgun. Detectives responded to the area for the investigation.


Madera County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the double homicide that occurred on January 16, 2018 in the 24000 block of Robertson Blvd in Madera County near Chowchilla.

The two victims in this case have been identified as Armando Villanueva, 70, and Marta Torres, 63. Armando and Marta are residents of Mexico, but have been visiting family in Chowchilla for the last several months. Both victims showed signs of apparent trauma. Autopsies to determine cause of death will be conducted by the end of the week.

Detectives have concluded their search of the crime scene at this time. All items recovered at the scene will be examined by crime lab personnel.

The Department of Justice has cleaned and removed all evidence and material from the methamphetamine conversion lab discovered in the adjoining residence. There is no known public health risk at this time. DOJ will collaborate with Madera sheriff officers to continue the investigation into the lab, as well as its relevance to the homicide investigation.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867).


On January 16, 2018 at approximately 12:14am, Chowchilla Police Department responded to a call for service for a residential fire in the 24000 block of Robertson Blvd.

Upon arrival at the scene, two deceased individuals who appeared to be the victims of foul play were located inside the residence. At approximately 12:30am, Madera County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene. MCSO Detectives are currently conducting an investigation. Stay tuned for upcoming information.