A shoplifting case at the Hanford Walmart on Saturday evening led to the arrests of two gang members who were robbing the store for the second time this year, police said.
When officers arrived at the store about 5 p.m. in response to a shoplifter who was in custody, they noticed two men entering the store. One of the men was suspected of stealing from the store on New Year’s Day, when he escaped after threatening to stab store security officers with a knife.
More police were called in and Lizandro Arellano, 21, and Marlon Ramos, 18, were arrested in the store parking lot after trying to steal from the store again. Arellano punched an officer in the head before he was detained and Ramos tried to run away.
Both were booked into Kings County Jail for robbery and resisting arrest. Arellano was also booked for assaulting an officer and violating parole.