FRESNO, Calif. - A violent robbery is caught on camera and Fresno Police need your help to find the suspect. Surveillance video shows a man dragging a female employee across the floor of a Metro PCS store before he steals several phones. The robbery happened Sunday afternoon at the Metro PCS on Kings Canyon Road and Maple Avenue.
Detectives say the robbery unit usually holds onto surveillance video until all avenues of the investigation are exhausted but authorities believe this robbery is so brutal, the public needs to see it so they can help.
Two minutes is all it took for one man to rob a Metro PCS store last Sunday afternoon. At 2:04 he approached a female employee who was by herself. The man asked for a phone so she went to the storage room to retrieve it. Seconds later, the video shows the woman freeze in fear as the man pulled a gun on her in the back of the store before dragging her across the floor by her hair.
"He did it because he wanted to. That shows just that he likes to put violence on other people. That's very concerning to us," said Detective Miguel Archan.
Police say the suspect made the employee lay flat on her face before stealing several boxes of phones. Detective Archan says this is the eighth robbery at a cell phone store since last September.
"These people turn around and sell them and offer them on Craigslist for 500 to 600 bucks. Easy money made," said Archan.
The end of the surveillance footage shows the suspect directing the employee to stay put as he walks out. Wireless Proz, an authorized dealer for Metro PCS is the company running the store on Kings Canyon and Maple. A representative sent a statement, saying safety of employees is a main priority.
"The safety and security of our staff is of utmost important to us. We wish to thank the Fresno Police Department so far in their efforts and ask the public's help in locating the suspect. All efforts in apprehending the suspect would be greatly appreciated," said a representative of Wireless Proz.
Right next door at Kings Kitchen, Toua Vang says someone broke into his restaurant and stole the cash register last year.
"Grabbed the whole thing and ran out," said Vang.
Security cameras are installed in case it happens again. Police say the suspect is carrying a rare revolver and may strike again.
"Based on the nature and aggression he showed the female employee at the Metro PCS, we believe that it may carry on and he may commit another robbery," said Archan.
Police say the suspect appears to be an Hispanic male, standing at six feet tall and 170 to 180 pounds. He wears long hair in a bun and his right arm is tattooed. If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. You could be eligible for a cash reward starting at $1,000.