Michael Mitchell, the man police Chief Jerry Dyer calls “the most dangerous criminal in Fresno,” was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he was spotted by an undercover officer in the Tower District.
Mitchell is believed to have been involved in at least seven different shootings in Fresno. In the most recent case, he allegedly opened fire on a man and a woman driving near Effie Street and Pontiac Way. The couple was not hurt, but their car was hit several times.
Police Lt. Joe Gomez said Mitchell was arrested on two warrants.
The apprehension took place shortly after 1 p.m. as the undercover officer was following a woman driving a Nissan Altima in which Mitchell was a passenger.
Gomez said the pair realized that they had been spotted and Mitchell jumped from the car near Wishon and Olive avenues and ran east on Elizabeth Avenue.
As police surrounded the area, Mitchell changed clothes near a home on Elizabeth and College avenues. A bystander tipped police to Mitchell’s location and an arriving officer with a police dog issued a warning that he would release the canine.
Gomez said Mitchell, who was hiding behind a wooden fence, raised his hands and surrendered. The woman who was driving the car also was arrested.
Mitchell is one of five men Dyer named last week in a news conference as the city’s most wanted. Since the Feb. 1 conference, two are now in custody.
Caught on Feb. 2 was Gabriel Osorio, 25, with the street moniker “Crazy Eyes,” who was sought on charges of carjacking and home invasion.
Delonte Love, 24, was arrested on Feb. 3 and remains in Fresno County Jail. He is suspected of taking part in the Pontiac and Effie shooting with Mitchell.
Details about his arrest were not available from police.
Still at large are: Adell Vaughn, 19, wanted in connection with a shooting in which undercover officers were targeted during a pursuit on Jan. 27; and Christopher Richards, 27, suspected of shooting at another undercover officer in December.