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.
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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.