A man working in the back room of a jewelry store in southeast Fresno stopped an armed robbery attempt Friday by grabbing a loaded shotgun and frightening off the two armed men that were trying to rob his coworkers, police said.
Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said the attempted robbery occurred around 3:44 p.m. at Marlene's Jewelry Store on 5665 E. Kings Canyon Road. The victims told police that the two men asked to see some jewelry, then pulled out handguns and made them lie down on the floor. The men fled eastbound through a parking lot after the third employee emerged with a gun.
Police did not locate the two suspects. One man was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, wearing a blue polo shirt and blue jeans, 20-22 years old. The other man was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180-200 pounds, wearing a black shirt and tan pants, 25 years old.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. A reward up to $1,000 will be awarded for information leading to an arrest.
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