Suspect Arrested in Aguiniga’s Murder

On Thursday, homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
booked 18 year old Julian Torres of Huron into the Fresno County Jail. He is facing one charge of murder. His bail is set at $1 million.
Deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Transportation Unit picked up Torres in Avondale, AZ on Wednesday and drove him to Fresno.

It was just before midnight on January 10th, 2020, that Huron Police received multiple calls of shots being fired in the area of an apartment complex located at 36200 Giffen Drive in Huron.

Officers, EMS and firefighters responded and found a shooting victim on the ground who had died. He was identified as 19 year old Joel Aguiniga of Coalinga.

Huron PD requested the Fresno County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit take over the investigation. It marked FSO’s first homicide case of 2020. Detectives developed information that Julian Torres was responsible for the deadly shooting.

Following a lead, detectives learned Torres fled to the Phoenix, AZ area shortly after the shooting. Through the help of Arizona officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, Torres was found at a home on the 3900 block of N. 125th Lane in Avondale and taken into custody on February 4th. Torres waived his right to an extradition hearing and was extradited to Fresno on February 13th.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact Detective Carl Chalmers at (559) 600-8207. You may also contact Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.