Luis Benitez-Lopez

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. Friday, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Luis Benitez-Lopez. Lopez was caught breaking into a home on the 200 block of S. Bailey Ave. in Fresno.

The victim was inside his home when he heard windows being smashed on a smaller, second home on his property. He armed himself with a baseball bat and went outside to check it out. He confronted Lopez as he was destroying items inside the home. The two got into a confrontation and Lopez began to walk toward the victim, but stopped after seeing the victim holding a bat. The victim went back into his home and dialed 911.

Deputies responded and setup a perimeter around the house and used the loudspeaker to call for the suspect to come out. He did not exit, so deputies entered the home and were able to find Lopez hiding in a closet. Lopez did not comply with the commands to get on the ground and surrender. Instead, he began to move toward deputies, so a Taser was used. Lopez was then taken to the ground and handcuffed.

As the deputy walked Lopez out of the home, he became resistant and broke free. Deputies ran after him and tackled him near the intersection of Bailey and Tulare Ave. As deputies attempted to restrain Lopez’ legs, he kicked and fought back so he was tased again and ultimately taken into custody.

Lopez was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was later booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of PC459/460 A (burglary) and PC148A1 (resisting arrest). No deputies were injured during the incident.


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
Tony.Botti@fresnosheriff.org