Fresno police arrested a suspect in a string of robberies that included one in which another suspected robber was mortally wounded by the store owner.
Oshae Adomee Boyd, 18, was stopped last week, a day after the fatal shooting, while driving near Cedar and Ashlan avenues in Fresno, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Monday.
Fresno police say a search of Boyd's home linked him to the series of robberies, including the Dec. 11 heist at the Play 'N Trade video-game store at Clinton and Brawley avenues. That's where the store owner shot and killed Wesley Sarden, 18, of Fresno. Sarden was serving a sentence for a Clovis robbery, Dyer said, when he was released on a weekend furlough in October. He promised to return, but never did.
Police said Sarden and another man charged into the store when another clerk opened the door. Sarden was holding a gun, later determined to be a pellet gun, on four people. A woman who co-owned the store came out of a bathroom with a semi-automatic handgun and shot Sarden in the chest.
Sarden ran from the store and was pulled into a car by his friends. His body was later dumped near Milburn Avenue and Sussex Way.
Boyd was arrested Dec. 12 in what police believe was the getaway car. The back seat of his car was still wet from being shampooed, Dyer said.
Boyd and any others found to have been involved in the Play 'N Trade robbery could face a murder charge in connection with Sarden's death, Dyer said.
The robbery was the fifth linked to a group of former Hoover High School students that included Sarden and Boyd, Dyer said. He said it's not clear whether the two men were involved in all five robberies. Police believe one or two other men remain at large.
The other robberies occurred at: Lollicup Coffee Shop at First Street and Bullard Avenue on Nov. 23; Wah's Kitchen, First Street and Barstow Avenue on Nov. 30; Asian Deli, First Street and Hammond Avenue on Dec. 1; and Foster's Donuts, Cedar and Dakota avenues, on Dec. 2.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fresno police detective Manuel Romero at (559) 621-2422 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.