Carjacking chaos unfolds at northwest Fresno shopping center

Two suspects are in custody after a botched burglary and carjacking that caused chaos at the shopping center near Herndon Avenue and Highway 99 on Tuesday morning, police said.

A man who was a target of one carjacking attempt at The Marketplace at El Paseo was taken to a hospital with major injuries after he crashed his Chrysler evading carjackers, Lt. Joe Gomez said.

The bizarre series of events began about 10 a.m. on Carnegie Avenue near Athens Avenue in a neighborhood northeast of the shopping center.

Gomez said Marquec Pikes, 21, and Zakkery Treyvon Atkins, 18, kicked in a door of a home there, and a woman inside called police. The Fresno police helicopter crew spotted the pair fleeing in a gray Toyota Camry west on Herndon.

When they reached The Marketplace at El Paseo, the two abandoned the Camry and ran through the McDonald’s parking lot, where they tried to get into several cars.

Gomez said the action moved near the Jamba Juice, where one of the suspects told the Chrysler driver that he had been shot and asked for a ride. The driver did not believe the story, and as the suspect tried to open a car door, the driver put the car in reverse and accelerated backward. His car slammed into a concrete wall, injuring the driver’s back and badly damaging his car.

Both suspects then dashed into the nearby Target store, where Atkins put on a red shirt in a bid to blend in with store workers. A store worker, however, outed the suspect to police, who took him and his partner into custody.

Atkins, who was wearing an ankle monitor, was charged with robbery of an inhabited dwelling and felony probation violation.

Pikes was charged with robbery of an inhabited dwelling and carjacking.

Jim Guy: 559-441-6339, @jimguy27