Police arrested a homeless man Thursday after they say he pointed a gun at a southeast Fresno Subway clerk because the man wanted a soda.
Police Lt. Stephen Viveros said 41-year-old Jose Valenzuela entered the Subway restaurant near Chestnut and Jensen avenues around 7:30 p.m. and asked the clerk for a soda.
The clerk asked Valenzuela if he had money and the man did not. Viveros said Valenzuela left the store, but returned with a gun, pointing it at the clerk.
Valenzuela later walked over to a refrigerator and took out a soda. Within minutes, police arrived and began searching for the man.
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Police later tracked down a man who matched Valenzuela’s description and located a loaded semiautomatic handgun and a soda.
Viveros said police are not sure how Valenzuela got the gun, but he will face assault charges as well as an enhancement charge for using a gun.
Nobody was injured during the assault, Viveros said.