Public’s assistance sought in identifying Fresno armed robbery suspect

Fresno police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for two separate armed robberies in east-central Fresno, police said.

On March 14, officers responded to Kentucky Fried Chicken at 4909 E. McKinley Ave. at 8:30 a.m. regarding an armed robbery, Fresno police said. Employees reported that a man entered the restaurant, pointed a handgun and demanded money. The employees gave him cash from the register.

On March 16, a man entered the same KFC, grabbed an employee from behind and demanded money from the store manager. The manager gave the man money from the register and the suspect then fled on foot.

The man in both robberies is described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with a thin build, Fresno police said. On both occasions, he wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and covered his face with a blue bandana.

Anyone with information about these robberies should contact Detective Daniel Messick at 559-621-2423 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed