A search for a man suspected of using a gun to rob a Fresno 7-Eleven store of sandwiches Thursday morning came up empty after police surrounded a home in the 1700 block of East Austin Way.
Police reported that the suspect left the store at Blackstone and Ashlan avenues with the sandwiches and other food items without paying. He was challenged by the clerk to stop and then reportedly pulled out what the victim described as a .45 caliber pistol. That turned the petty theft into an armed robbery.
A witness told officers that the suspect, a homeless man who frequents the area, fled to the Austin address, several blocks away. Because he was reportedly armed with the handgun, officers called in police dogs and surrounded the house. Officers with bullet-resistant shields were also sent to the scene. Police said residents of the home were cooperative and officers determined that a man in the home was not the bandit.
Lt. Mike Brogdon said detectives “have great video to work with” to help catch the bandit. The suspect is described as black, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, in his early 30s. During the robbery, he was wearing black sweats and a black baseball cap.