Jorge Javier Gracia image via ABC 30's Corin Hoggard
Written by Gabriel Dillard
The Fresno County District Attorney’s office has announced an arrest in a string of vehicle shootings west of Fresno.
Kerman resident Jorge Javier Gracia, 42, has been charged with five felony counts of assault with a firearm.
Gracia, who is currently in custody at the Fresno County Jail, faces a potential sentence of up to life in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday morning.
He’s facing a possible third strike conviction — he has two previous convictions for rape in 1997 and assault with intent to commit rape in 1999.
Harris Farms and a number of other community groups and members contributed to a $10,000 reward to catch the perpetrator who fired on passing cars from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15. The Fresno County Sherriff’s office believes there were a total eight shootings that occurred in Fresno County and two in Madera County, with only one resulting in minor injuries.
Most of the shootings in Fresno County have been on the outskirts of Kerman, at the beginning and end of traditional commute hours.
Victims report passing a vehicle on the road and hearing a loud bang, often only realizing their vehicle had been hit by gunfire after stopping to inspect it.
ABC 30 is reporting that Gracia was arrested by sheriff’s detectives on Jan. 9 for brandishing a firearm at a motor vehicle the day before.
Sheriff Margaret Mims has scheduled a Friday morning press conference to update the case.