A home invasion robber who victims say was armed with a rifle was arrested Tuesday morning after he struck at a motel near Highway 99 and Jensen Avenue in south Fresno.
What the suspect, later identified as Alejo Fraga, 27, didn’t know is that the headquarters of the MAGEC anti-gang unit is only a few feet away from the Vagabond Inn, where the robbery took place. So police were in pursuit within seconds of the robbery.
The victims said they were in their room when Fraga knocked on the door and forced his way in with a rifle. He demanded their wallets and also asked whether a new customized truck, which police believe was the object of the robbery, belonged to them.
The victims told Fraga they didn’t know who owned the vehicle, although one of them actually did. Fraga told the victims not to call the police or he would hunt them down at their homes, but the victims called 911 as soon as Fraga was out the door.
A police helicopter was over the motel moments later and Fraga was soon in custody. He sustained cuts over much of his body climbing a barbed-wire fence during the short pursuit.
Police later stopped a Dodge Charger connected to the robbery at Cedar and Ventura avenues. Lt. Joe Gomez said a 32-year-old woman was taken into custody.