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Remember this suspected Fresno gang member? Another arrest sparks social media frenzy

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If his haircut doesn’t look familiar to you, this Fresno man is becoming recognizable to the Fresno Police Department.

Joseph Rivera — characterized by police as a Fresno gang member — was arrested for the second time in less than two months, and his photo has once again generated attention on social media.

This time, the 19-year-old Rivera was arrested for felony auto theft allegations and resisting arrest and hit-and-run, police say.

He previously was arrested in early February on suspicion of being in possession of a loaded firearm in public, carrying a loaded stolen firearm, concealing stolen property and participating in gang activity, according to the Fresno County Jail log.

In each instance, a photo of Rivera posted by the Fresno police on its Facebook page led to hundreds of comments, with many pointing out the man’s bowl haircut.

Police said Rivera was arrested Thursday after it was determined he was the driver of a stolen Toyota Sienna van that was involved in a solo traffic collision in central Fresno, near Willis Avenue and Anna Street.

The van, reported stolen out of southeast Fresno, collided with a curb and caused damage to the right, front wheel.

Witnesses reported six people, some possibly juveniles, fled from the van.

With the assistance of the Fresno Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center/Video Policing and the California Highway Patrol’s helicopter aircrew, those in the vehicle were located nearby.

The juveniles ran in different directions as officers approached, police said. Nonetheless, two males and four females were detained.

Rivera was booked.

A 16-year-old boy was booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of felony auto theft and resisting arrest, police said.

And four female juveniles were released to their parents.

Anyone with information regarding auto theft in the Fresno area is asked to call the CCATT tip line at 559-621-CCAT (2228), email CCATT at ccatt@fresno.gov, or call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP (7867). Your information will remain anonymous.

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