A 26-year-old man is sought on home invasion and robbery charges after he forced his way into a home in central Fresno Monday and took a bicycle from a 9-year-old boy at gunpoint, police reported.
Lt. Joe Gomez said the robbery happened a day after Heriberto "Eddie" Gamboa called police to report his brother's bicycle had been stolen and was at an apartment in the 2200 block of East Tyler Avenue. Officers who investigated the report said the bicycle didn't match the serial numbers of the one reported stolen by Gamboa. Monday, officers again went to the Tyler Avenue address, where they were told a man identified as Gamboa, armed with a gun, knocked on the door and asked, "Where's my brother's bike?" The gunman and another male entered the apartment, saw the 9-year-old's bicycle and took it.
Officers then went to the 3100 block of East Iowa Avenue, where they encountered a woman identified as Gamboa's mother. The woman said she drove her son and his friend to the Tyler Avenue address to get the bicycle. Gamboa was not home, but police say he was identified as the gunman.
Police impounded the mother's car as evidence and are searching for Gamboa.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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