A boy was arrested Saturday after police say he robbed – or tried to rob – several people at gunpoint in southeast Fresno.
Officers responded to the 400 block of South Maple Avenue around 3:30 p.m. for an attempted armed robbery.
The victims told police that the boy approached them as they were walking to their home and pointed a gun at them demanding money. They ran from the suspect and were able to make it into their home and call police.
They provided police a detailed description of the boy.
Within 30 minutes, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Jackson Avenue – a couple of blocks away – for another armed robbery.
These two victims were outside of their home when a boy matching the suspect’s description approached them and pointed a gun at one of their heads demanding the victim’s wallet and cell phone.
After getting what he wanted, he turned to the other victim but was told he didn’t speak English and had no money. The suspect got agitated and ran away, police said.
The suspect was found about a mile away near Inyo and Backer avenues with the victim’s cell phone and money in his pockets.
All of the victims identified him as the robber. He was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of one count of armed robbery and three counts of attempted armed robbery.
The suspect, whose age was not released, was already on juvenile probation, police said.