Armed robbery at northeast Fresno smoke shop, suspect arrested at apartment complex, police say


FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A suspect has been arrested following a robbery, an attempted carjacking, and a successful carjacking, at a smoke shop in northeast Fresno, police say.

According to Fresno Police Department, the robbery took place around 1:15 p.m. at the Cali Smoke Shop at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue. A 911 call reported an armed robbery. Officers say the suspect went into the smoke shop, asked for various items, and then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the employee. The suspect was able to leave with the items and approximately $300.

As he was leaving the store, officers say he attempted to steal a vehicle – but the person inside drove away. The suspect then attempted to steal another vehicle and was successful. The suspect then drove away from the scene.

A short time later, police surrounded an apartment complex at Maple and Copper avenues, where the stolen vehicle was located. Officers made contact with the man inside of an apartment and SWAT and Crisis Negotiators were called out to the scene.

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama has confirmed the suspect has since surrendered peacefully and was placed under arrest.

A homicide investigation is also underway at an apartment complex around two miles away, at the Cascade Apartments at Liberty and Champlain drives, after police say they found someone shot to death there Monday afternoon. It is unknown if the suspect in the robbery is the same suspect in the homicide.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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