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AT&T store in NE Fresno gets robbed. Then suspects crash car trying to flee

Police say three people robbed an AT&T store near Highway 41 and Friant Avenue then crashed as they drove up the northbound ramp at high speeds. Police have captured two suspects and were searching for a third.
Police say three people robbed an AT&T store near Highway 41 and Friant Avenue then crashed as they drove up the northbound ramp at high speeds. Police have captured two suspects and were searching for a third. The Fresno Bee

Two people were detained Saturday night and Fresno police were searching for a third after the group robbed an AT&T store in northeast Fresno then crashed their car on Highway 41.

Fresno police said three males in their teens to early 20s robbed the phone store on Cedar Avenue near Shepherd Avenue just before 8 p.m.

There were two employees and two customers in the store at the time, and a handgun may have been brandished by one or more of the suspects, according to Lt. Steve Card. They allegedly robbed the store and stole personal property from an employee before fleeing in an SUV.

Card said police did not give chase to the suspects, but rather a helicopter followed them as they sped onto the Highway 41 onramp. The driver lost control and the SUV sped up the embankment and onto the highway, hitting a gray Chrysler with a man and a woman inside.

All three got out of the SUV and ran from the crash, Card said.

Two people were detained, and police are searching for a third. A stun gun was used and the two detained were not compliant with police, Card said.

The couple in the Chrysler were not seriously injured, but the crash closed the slow lane as police investigated and tow trucks removed both vehicles from the road.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan

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