Valley Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization with the mission to deter, reduce, and solve crimes by funding anonymous cash rewards and through partnerships with law enforcement and media within the Central Valley. 
  • We are a sponsorship based nonprofit organization and rely on donations from wonderful sponsors who support the above mission. 100% of sponsor dollars goes toward paying out tips that lead to arrests.
  • Our Board of Directors are made up of volunteer business and community leaders.  If you would like additional information about our board, please email emagarian@valleycrimestoppers.org 
  • To see the "History" of Valley Crime Stoppers please go to the "about" tab above and click on history.  

HISTORY VALLEY CRIME STOPPERS - FRESNO

Following the below example in Albuquerque, Valley Crime Stoppers in Fresno County began in 1993.  A group of five local individuals came together and put up their own money for the rewards that would go toward getting arrests.  Today Valley Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization and has a group of caring community businesses that sponsor Valley Crime Stoppers at various levels of donation.  100% of Sponsor donations go toward paying tips.  The specific purpose of Valley Crime Stoppers is to furnish all law enforcement agencies, Federal, State and local with information on unsolved criminal cases, wanted persons and other criminal activity through our 24 hour anonymous tip line.  Valley Crime Stoppers now has the ability for not only phone calls on their 498-STOP hotline but also on their website and mobile platforms.  You can also follow Valley Crime Stoppers on Facebook.  

NATIONAL HISTORY

When a young college student, Michael Carmen, was shot to death during a robbery at an Albuquerque, New Mexico gas station in July 1976, Detective Greg MacAleese had no idea who was responsible for the killing.

No witnesses came forward and it appeared the senseless and brutal shotgun slaying would remain a mystery.

MacAleese, who worked for a newspaper before joining the Albuquerque Police Department, knew something innovative would be necessary to encourage the public to get involved and help solve the murder.

He conceived the idea of producing a video re-enactment of the homicide, guaranteed anonymity for anyone who was willing to call him with information and put up a reward from his own pocket to encourage someone to provide a lead that would help identify those responsible for the murder of Carmen.

At that time Albuquerque had one of the highest per capita crime rates in the country and people were afraid to help the police.

MacAleese plan to identify those responsible for killing Carmen worked. Within a few hours after the recreation of the murder was broadcast on television station KOAT, he received a phone call. The video image had triggered the memory of a person who heard a loud bang in the vicinity of the gas bar and then saw a car driving off. The caller told MacAleese the vehicle belonged to a resident in a nearby apartment complex.

Through investigation MacAleese and a team of detectives arrested two men within 72 hours and charged them with the murder of Carmen and a string of armed robberies.

MacAleese received other calls following the reenactment, including one that allowed police to solve the rape of a young woman. Realizing that this type of program might be useful in fighting crime, MacAleese convinced the Albuquerque Police Department to allow a group of citizens to establish the first Crime Stoppers program.

For his efforts Detective MacAleese was named one of the people in the 1970's who changed the face of the United States and was also named the country's Police officer of the Year. It's also interesting to note that since adopting Crime Stoppers Albuquerque's crime rate has dropped significantly and no longer is ranked in the list of 20 cities with the highest per capita crime rate.

Who is Involved

NamePosition
Erica Magarian      Program Director
John Hustedde      Detective - Program Coordinator
Dale Mendoza      Executive Board President
Dave Knott      Executive Board Vice President
Ken Groom      Executive Board Treasurer
Gary Quisenberry      Executive Board - Investments/Finance
Jesse Gibson      Executive Board
Donna Silva      Executive Board Secretary
Glenna Gates      Board of Directors
Harry Massucco      Board of Directors
Armand Chavez      Board of Directors
Jeff Davis      Board of Directors - Honorary
James Arendt      Board of Directors
Jerry Gragnani      Board of Directors
Bruce Batti      Board of Directors - Honorary
Robert Kandarian      Board of Directors
Beth McCracken      Board of Directors
Diane McDonough      Board of Directors
Mark Ochinero      Board of Directors - Honorary
Sterling Swartout      Board of Directors
Teresa Green      Board of Directors
Austin Matulonis      Lieutenant California Highway Patrol - Fresno
Pat McPherson      Chief - Dist. Attorney's Office
David Medina      Deputy Chief - Dist. Attorney's Office
Jesus Santillan      Cpl. / Clovis Police Dept.
Ryan Murakoshi      Sgt. Calif. Highway Patrol - Fresno
Milton Van      CSO - Fresno Co. Sheriff's Office
Pat McPherson      Chief - Dist. Attorneys Office
John Zanoni      Asst. Sheriff - Fresno Co Sheriff's Office
Hector Madrigal      Commander - Madera area - CHP
Rob Avila      Commander Oakhurst Area - CHP
Ian Roth      Corporal Madera Co. Sheriff's Office
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