Crime

Fresno police make arrest in Tower District assault that preceded hit-and-run

Chase Popp turned himself over to the Fresno Police Department, Dec. 4, 2018.
Chase Popp turned himself over to the Fresno Police Department, Dec. 4, 2018. Fresno Police Department

A Fresno man has turned himself into the Fresno Police Department following an assault that preceded a hit-and-run outside a bar in the Tower District last weekend.

Chase Popps was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on Tuesday, police said. He was charged with battery with great bodily harm.

Popps, 24, is accused of assaulting John Rodriquez outside of Bobby Salazar’s restaurant early Sunday morning. Following that assault, Rodriquez stumbled into Olive Avenue, where he was hit by a car.

Rodriquez suffered a skull fracture, a fractured vertebra and other serious injuries, police said.

On Monday, the driver of the car, 23-year-old Jessica Acunia, turned herself into police. She was arrested and charged with felony hit and run, and failure to have a court-ordered ignition interlock device. She posted bail and was released early Tuesday morning.

Popps has also posted bail, which was set at $25,000.

Anybody with information regarding the case is asked to contact detective Marcus Gray II at 559-621-2433 or CrimeStoppers at 559-498-7867.

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