FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – MPs arrested four teenagers early Wednesday morning in connection with a series of armed robberies, according to Fresno County sheriff officials.
At around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an armed robbery at an AM / PM store at the intersection of Highway 180 and Brawley Avenues.
Officials said two people walked in and stole cash and tobacco products from the employee before escaping in a car. According to the MPs, one of the two subjects was armed with a rifle and fired a round into the wall before robbing the AM / PM.
Authorities say MPs were able to access surveillance videos and get a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which detectives identified as the 2002 Hyundai Elantra.
At around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the sheriff’s office was informed of an armed robbery of the U&A convenience store on Highway 180 and Academy Avenue. Detectives said four people went into the store, one armed with a rifle and robbing the seller of alcohol and cash.
According to the investigators, a proxy responding to the incident saw a car that appeared to be the suspicious vehicle that was escaping from the area. Officials say he tried to stop the car, which was going up to 100 mph and refused to stop.
Investigators say assistant MPs set up spike strips that the suspect then ran over. Instead of stopping, MPs said the suspect drove on with two flat tires before stopping in the Clovis and Huntington Avenue area.
According to the authorities, four people got out of the car and escaped, but the MPs were able to chase after them and take them all into custody.
Property crime detectives say Isaiah Mata, 18 from Clovis, Francisco Leon, 18 from Reedley, a 17 year old boy and a 16 year old boy have all been arrested and sent to Fresno County Jail and detention center for charges related to that Robberies.
During a search of the suspect’s car, which was classified as stolen, a rifle and various items were found that were taken in the raids, according to the authorities.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111.