An armed robber who pistol-whipped a clerk at a recycling center in central Fresno eluded police Tuesday morning.
The robbery took place in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Cedar and Shields avenues about 8:50 a.m. Lt. Joe Gomez said the bandit used the black handgun to strike the victim in the face, then held the gun to the back of another clerk’s head before taking about $400 in cash.
The robber ran across Cedar and jumped a fence behind the shopping center on the northeast corner with a clerk in pursuit. A motorcycle officer spotted the man on East Fountain Way, but he eluded police and ran into an apartment complex near Shields and Maple avenues.
A search team, aided by a Fresno County sheriff’s search dog, was unable to find the robber. Gomez said the victim who was struck with the pistol was not seriously injured. The suspect was described by police as black, bald, about 30 years old, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and slender. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black basketball shorts and carrying a white plastic bag.
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