MODESTO (CBS13) – Modesto Police arrested a wanted murder suspect who was featured on America’s Most Wanted after they received an anonymous tip Thursday.
Police received an anonymous tip that 24-year-old Mario Hernandez was inside a residence in the 2400 block of Encina Avenue in southeast Modesto. The tipster reported Hernandez was wanted for murder and had been featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”
Officers confirmed with San Jose Police Department that Hernandez was wanted for murder and that San Jose had an active warrant for his arrest.
At about 9 p.m., patrol officers and members from the Department’s Street Gang Unit converged on the location and surrounded the residence. Officers began to make announcements for Hernandez to surrender using a police loud speaker. Kathryn Tisdale, 18, who lives at the home, came out and told officers she did not know Hernandez and denied Hernandez was inside.
Officers continued to make loud speaker announcements and attempted to call into the residence. After about 30 minutes of announcements, Hernandez emerged from the home and surrendered to officers without incident. No one else was inside the home.
Modesto officers learned Tisdale was in fact Hernandez’ girlfriend and she had been aware Hernandez was wanted for murder. Tisdale was arrested for harboring a wanted felon and booked into the Stanislaus County’s Public Safety Center.
Homicide investigators from the San Jose Police Department arrived in Modesto and took custody of Hernandez.