Anonymous Tip Leads to the Arrest of a one of “America’s Most Wanted”

Modesto, CA- Modesto Police arrested a wanted murder suspect who was featured on America’s Most Wanted after they received an anonymous tip.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Modesto Police received an anonymous tip that 24-year-old Mario Hernandez was inside a residence in the 2400 block of Encina Avenue in southeast Modesto. The tipster reported Hernandez was wanted for murder and had been featured on the television show America’s Most Wanted. Officers confirmed with San Jose Police Department that Hernandez was wanted for murder and that San Jose had an active warrant for his arrest.

At about 9 P.M., Modesto Police patrol officers and members from the Department’s Street Gang Unit converged on the location and surrounded the residence on Encina Avenue. Officers began to make announcements for Hernandez to surrender using a police loud speaker. Eighteen-year-old Kathryn Tisdale, who lives in the residence, exited and told officers she did not know Hernandez and denied Hernandez was inside the home. Officers continued to make loud speaker announcements and attempted to call into the residence. After about 30 minutes of announcements, Hernandez emerged from the home and surrendered to officers without incident. No one else was inside the home.

Modesto officers learned Tisdale was in fact Hernandez’ girlfriend and she had been aware Hernandez was featured on America’s Most Wanted and wanted for murder. Tisdale was arrested for harboring a wanted felon and booked into the Stanislaus County’s Public Safety Center.

Homicide Investigators from the San Jose Police Department arrived in Modesto and took custody of Hernandez, returning him to San Jose.

Hernandez was featured both on the America’s Most Wanted Website and in an episode, which aired August 24th. The America’s Most Wanted show has been instrumental in aiding law enforcement locate some of the most violent suspects in the Nation. To date America’s Most Wanted has helped capture 1198 fugitives. You can follow America’s Most Wanted at or on Lifetime Television every Friday night at 9 P.M.