A Fresno man armed with a knife was arrested by police on Christmas Day after he carjacked a pickup with his 5-year-old son in tow.
Lt. Joe Gomez said officers were able to catch Myron Harris, 29, and his son was found safe. Officers gave the boy Christmas gifts as part of Operation Christmas Cheer. The child was later placed on a hold and Fresno County Child Protective Services came out to get him.
Gomez described how the drama unfolded:
Harris wanted to buy a 64-year-old man’s Chevy pickup after he took it for a test drive in the victim’s neighborhood around 6 p.m. The victim told Harris, who was with his son, that he’d have to convert his personal check into a cashier’s check for the purchase. They went to a liquor store near Clinton and West avenues in an effort to convert the check and were turned down.
They tried a convenience store on the northeast corner of Clinton and Fruit avenues and that store turned them away. Harris then pulled out a knife in front of the store and began to swing it at the victim to get him to back away from the truck. Harris got into the truck and the men fought, all while Harris’ child was in the back seat.
The victim slashed both rear tires with a pocket knife before Harris drove away. The victim called police, who found the truck and Harris a short distance away. He was arrested and booked at Fresno County Jail for armed carjacking and child cruelty. He remained in jail Saturday on $100,000 bail.