A Fresno man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a central Fresno liquor store with a box cutter.
Sgt. Michael Landon said the incident took place about 9 a.m. Tuesday at a Circle K store in the 4200 block of North First Street. The man reportedly put two snack items in his pocket. When a clerk asked the man to to return the items to a the shelf, the man pulled out the box cutter and tried to cut the clerk. A second clerk then pulled a handgun, which he legally possessed, and ordered the suspect out of the store. Before leaving, the suspect tried a second time to cut the employee.
Officers later received a tip through Crime Stoppers within an hour of police releasing the suspects’ photographs to local media and social media, allowing detectives to identify Joey Pena, 38, as the suspect, Landon said. Fresno police officers, along with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pena in the 5200 block of North Sixth Street.
Pena was booked into the Fresno County Jail for suspected robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.