Fresno police arrested a man for possession of an assault rifle after he allegedly shot into a motel room occupied by a family with small children.
Officers and Fresno County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 11 a.m. Saturday about a man armed with a gun near North Maroa and West Stuart avenues. They got another call upon arrival: The man had just tried to steal a bicycle in an attempt to flee.
Domonic Crawford, 23, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, was arrested after officers used a taser gun when he tried to run away and resisted arrest. Inside a backpack that witnesses identified as Crawford’s, officers found a short-barreled AR-15 rifle with three loaded magazines.
Police learned he was staying at a motel on the 900 block of North Parkway Avenue. There officers found more rounds of ammunition.
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While at the motel, other residents approached police to say they heard a gunshot coming from Crawford’s room the night before. Officers found a bullet strike inside Crawford’s room and a spent casing.
The bullet had penetrated the wall and entered an adjacent room occupied by a family with small children. No one was injured. Witnesses identified Crawford as the person who fired the shot.
It is unclear whether the round fired from Crawford’s room was intentional. Police are investigating what brought Crawford to Fresno and why he had a rifle.
Crawford was booked into Fresno County Jail for charges including weapons related offenses, burglary and resisting arrest.