Second suspect arrested in bungled Fresno jewelry store robbery

The Fresno BeeJuly 8, 2014 

The 16-year-old suspect who allegedly attempted -- and failed -- to rob a southeast Fresno jewelry store last month has been arrested.

Officials say Edgar Yepez, who is suspected of bungling an armed robbery attempt that was caught by surveillance video, was arrested by Modesto police Saturday.

Yepez is allegedly one of two teens who tried to steal from Joyeria Marlenes jewelry store on June 27 before being chased away by the owner, who had a shotgun. The store is located on the corner of Kings Canyon Road and Clovis Avenue.

Video released by police show one of the suspects pointed a handgun at a clerk; police say the store owner was in the back office with his daughter and newborn grandchild. When the owner heard the clerk, his cousin, say he was being robbed, the owner came out of the office armed with a shotgun with a "bullpup" stock. Seeing that, the alleged robbers backed out the front door and fled. Nobody was injured and nothing was stolen.

The other suspect, a 17-year-old whose name is being withheld by police, turned himself in on July 3. Both teens are from Modesto.

Tipsters helped Fresno police identify the alleged robbers, and police quickly caught up to the 17-year-old. Fresno police gave Yepez several hours to surrender before releasing his name Thursday. Officials say he was initially booked into Modesto's Juvenile Hall following his arrest. He was later transported to Fresno County Juvenile Hall.

Police say Yepez will face attempted robbery charges.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter. Fresno Bee reporters Jim Guy and Helen Tracey-Noren contributed to this report.

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