Crime

Women with infant robbed outside Fresno baby store by man with gun

Christopher Kollenkark
Christopher Kollenkark Special to The Bee

Editor’s note: Fresno police previously reported Julian Gonzalez, 26, of Fresno was a second suspect in this crime, then retracted that information Friday, saying Gonzalez was not involved in the incident and is no longer wanted for questioning.

A man with a gun allegedly robbed a woman with an infant outside a Fresno baby store Sunday.

The armed robbery occurred around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside a Buy Buy Baby store located in the River Park Shopping Center in north Fresno.

Police said two women had just finished shopping in Buy Buy Baby and were approached by an armed suspect while loading a 3-week-old infant into their vehicle. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, to which she complied and handed them her purse. The suspect ran and got into a nearby waiting vehicle and were unharmed.

Suspect Christopher Kollenkark, 21, of Fresno turned himself into police Tuesday after he was identified through surveillance footage and witness statements, police said. He was booked into the Fresno County Jail for one count of robbery.

Kollenkark’s vehicle was previously found abandoned in northwest Fresno, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Fresno Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867), where tips can be made anonymously and may result in a cash reward.

Carmen George is a features and news reporter for The Fresno Bee. Her stories have been recognized with Best of the West, George F. Gruner, and McClatchy President’s awards, and nine first or second place awards from the California News Publishers Association. She has a passion for sharing people’s stories to highlight issues and promote greater understanding.
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