On November 7, 2017, at 4:22 P.M., Southeast District Officers were dispatched to the 7-11 at Chestnut and Church regarding a male being threatened with a gun. Upon their arrival, Officers say they were able to see that 22 year old Fresno resident Joua Yang had a 40 Cal. Glock semi auto handgun sticking out of his front pants pocket.
While officer's were investigating the incident it was found that two victims had driven to Fresno from Oxnard to purchase a Honda that suspect Yang had posted on Craigslist. While one of the victims was test driving the Honda by himself he was pulled over for having expired registration. Upon walking back with no car due to it being impounded the suspect allegedly threatened the victim's life and brandished a 40 caliber Glock. The suspect demanded money from the victims along with threatening to take their car. While the victim told the suspect he would call the tow company to get the vehicle out, he actually called the police and reported what was happening.
Yang was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on several different weapons charges without any further incident.
The Fresno Police Department would like to remind the public that Crime Stoppers has enhanced the rewards for information related to gang members who are involved in narcotic sales, firearm possession, and human trafficking. The new campaign consists of the following monetary rewards for anonymous tips. If a gang member is arrested for possessing a handgun, the reward is $2,000. If a gang member is arrested for possessing an assault rifle, the reward is $3,000. If a gang member is arrested for human trafficking, the reward is $3,000 and if a gang member is involved in drug sales, the reward is $1,000. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at (559)-498-STOP.