A Central High East student was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon – the third robbery of a high school student in two days, Fresno police reported.
Friday’s crime took place on a campus parking lot at Cornelia and Dakota avenues just after 1 p.m. Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said the male student, a senior at the school, was returning from lunch and had just stepped out of his car on a parking lot facing Dakota Avenue when he was confronted by a gun-wielding man who appeared to be about 18 to 20 years old. The bandit demanded the victim’s gold necklace and ripped a gold bracelet off the victim’s wrist before running across Dakota and jumping a fence into a subdivision. The student was very shaken by the incident, Gomez said.
On Thursday, two students were robbed near Hoover High School in separate robberies which appeared to have been committed by the same two robbers. Two juveniles were arrested a short time after the robberies.
Gomez said there’s no apparent link in the cases, and the Central robbery appears to be an isolated event – there have been no similar crimes near the campus in the past several years.