Modesto police arrest "America's Most Wanted" suspect

rahumada@modbee.comOctober 12, 2012 

— A tipster led police Thursday night to find in an east Modesto home a man wanted on suspicion of murder in a San Jose case that was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."

Mario Hernandez, 24, of San Jose was found hiding at the home in the 2400 block of Encina Avenue, a few blocks east of El Vista Avenue. San Jose police have said Hernandez is suspected of shooting to death a man who was visiting Hernandez's girlfriend in April 2011, according to Bay Area news reports.

Thursday, Modesto police received the anonymous tip that Hernandez was at the east Modesto home. Modesto police then confirmed the case information with the San Jose Police Department.

About 9 p.m., Modesto police patrol officers and the department's Street Gang Unit surrounded the Encina Avenue home. The officers used a loudspeaker to order Hernandez to come out and surrender, said Lt. Rick Armendariz, a Modesto police spokesman.

He said Kathryn Tisdale, 18, who lives at the home, came out and told police she did not know Hernandez and denied he was inside.

The officers continued the loudspeaker announcements and tried a phone call into the home. After about 30 minutes, Hernandez emerged from the home and surrendered. No one else was inside.

Armendariz said investigators later learned that Tisdale is Hernandez's girlfriend and was aware he was wanted for murder. Tisdale was arrested on suspicion of harboring a wanted felon and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail.

San Jose police homicide investigators later arrived in Modesto and took custody of Hernandez, returning him to San Jose.

Hernandez is suspected of gunning down 25-year-old Marco Paredes on April 17, 2011. Investigators believe Hernandez entered a home on South Capitol Avenue in San Jose, shot Paredes and left before police arrived.

There's no indication that Tisdale is the same girlfriend Paredes was visiting when the shooting occurred last year.

Hernandez was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" Web site and in an episode of the TV show, which aired Aug. 24. To date, the TV show has helped authorities capture 1,198 fugitives.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394.

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