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Deputies have arrested three people in connection to several kidnapping cases, but are still looking for one more suspect, Tulare County Sheriff’s officials said.

On Tuesday, officials said detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office served two warrants in the city of Visalia and one warrant in the city of Hanford targeting a northern structure gang involved in a kidnapping for ransom case.

During the warrant, detectives said they arrested Jacob Flores and Ericka Flores for the kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and robbery of three people on Oct. 27.

Over the last three weeks, Sheriff’s officials said detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit managed to unravel a group involved in a kidnapping for ransom case. They said the suspects in the case targeted, planned and executed simultaneous kidnappings, one occurring at a gas station in Cutler and a second happening in the city of Dinuba.

During the attempted kidnapping and robbery in Dinuba, deputies said Jacob Flores and Ericka Flores tried to kidnap a woman along with her 11-year-old son. During that incident, they said the woman was able to fight off the suspect, who ultimately ran away with items stolen from the car.

At the same time, authorities said Paul Flores, Julian Hernandez and an unidentified third male suspect committed the kidnapping of the male victim in Cutler. The victim was taken to an unknown home, where officials said he was beaten and held for several hours.

Deputies said the victim was later released and managed to return home.

During the investigation, detectives identified Jacob Flores, Ericka Flores, Julian Hernandez and Paul Flores as the people responsible for the kidnappings.

The Sheriff’s office said Hernandez was taken into custody last week in Kings County and remains behind bars waiting to be transferred to Tulare County.

Authorities said Paul Flores remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

Because the case is ongoing, officials said details surrounding the victims release and items stolen will not be released.

Anyone with information on Paul Flores’s whereabouts or details on this case should contact Detective Brandon VanCuren or Sgt. Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 725-4194 or through email at

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