Man high on drugs arrested after pointing gun at several people

With the help of several civilian calls, Fresno police arrested a man who allegedly pointed a loaded gun at people as he was driving a vehicle in southeast Fresno while high on prescription medication.

Police received the first calls about 2:30 p.m. Saturday concerning a man pointing a gun at several people near Cedar and Belmont avenues. One caller told police the man had pulled a gun on him and continued to drive off.

Other calls in the area helped law enforcement track the man, who was arrested at a parking lot near Olive and Chestnut avenues, Sgt. Tony Bustos said.

The suspect, identified as Robert Knight, 51, of Clovis, told officers he had a gun hidden underneath the passenger seat of his vehicle. He also told them that a passenger in his car was the person responsible for pointing the gun at people because someone else was pointing a gun at them. Witnesses and officers at the scenes, however, said Knight was the only person seen in the vehicle, Bustos said.

Witnesses identified Knight and officers recovered the gun. Knight, who has been convicted of several violent felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, was also found to be high on drugs.

Knight was booked into Fresno County Jail on multiple weapons charges, including possession of a loaded firearm by a convicted violent felon and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

No one was hurt in the incidents.