Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives are currently searching for a suspect wanted in connection with several crimes committed earlier this morning in southwest Fresno.
Shortly before 7:00am, deputies responded to a vehicle theft in progress from a residence located in the 3600 block of S Valentine. The caller advised he had interrupted the suspect attempting to steal his pick-up. When he confronted him, the suspect pointed a handgun at him, got in the vehicle, and started to drive away. The victim was able to retrieve one of his own guns, and fired at his vehicle, shooting out the rear window. The pick-up was last seen east on Malaga towards Hughes.
As deputies arrived in the area, information was broadcast that CHP was handling a traffic accident on Beran Way just east of Valentine, where the suspect had run from the vehicle.
As more witnesses came forward, deputies learned earlier in the morning, the suspect had used an unreported stolen Dodge pick-up to burglarize a shop located in the 3200 block of W Kearney. The suspect stole several tools and other equipment from the shop before leaving. Neighbors observed the suspect and followed him to the area of Jensen & Prospect.
A short time later, the suspect fled the area of Jensen & Prospect in the stolen Dodge. The suspect ran a stop sign at Jensen & Valentine, striking another vehicle. The suspect continued south on Valentine with the victim of the hit & run following. The suspect turned east on Beran Way and then crashed into a chain link fence just east of Valentine. The suspect exited the stolen truck and fled south through a vacant lot. Witnesses reported him to be armed with a handgun, and there were unconfirmed reports that he may have fired off more than one round as he fled.
The suspect apparently ran to the Valentine address where he stole the Chevy truck.
The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, clean shaven with a shaved or buzz style haircut. He was reportedly wearing beige colored shorts, and a dark colored s/s shirt. He was also carrying a black backpack, and was armed with a handgun. The suspect should be considered armed & dangerous.
The stolen vehicle is described as a white colored, 2001 Chevy Z71 pick up with the rear window shot out. There is possibly a stolen ag pump in the bed of the vehicle.
Stolen property from the original burglary was recovered and returned to the owner.
No one was injured during the incident. However, it is unknown if the suspect was struck as he fled in the stolen truck.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office at 600-3111, or CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP(7867).