The Fresno Police Department is asking for help Friday finding a man who they say forced his way into a northeast Fresno home at knife point, assaulted a woman, forced her and an infant into her own car where he drove them to an ATM to steal her money — and then fled in the victim’s vehicle.
The call came in around 11:15 a.m. from the area of EZ Fit Meals near Champlain Drive and Shepard Avenue.
A 24-year-old woman was pushing a stroller with a 1-year-old in the area of Champlain Drive and Fort Washington Road.
The woman is a family friend of the parents of that child.
She crossed paths with a man on the sidewalk.
When she arrived back at the home where she, the toddler and a married couple live, she turned around and the man was standing right behind her.
The man asked the woman for water; she gave him water. The man then asked for money, but she said she didn’t have any.
She tried to get the child and herself into the house, but the man forced his way in at knife point, police said.
Police believe the man assaulted the woman in the home.
He then forced her and the child into her own vehicle, and then he drove them to the Wells Fargo ATM which is near EZ Fit Meals.
The man made her withdraw an undisclosed amount of money, and then he let them go. He told the victim that he needed her vehicle to get to Los Angeles, and then he fled in her vehicle.
He is described as white, in his 40s, balding, around 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, he was wearing a faded blue shirt and dark basketball shorts.
The vehicle he’s in is a maroon/burgundy 2000 Mitsubishi Montero with the license plate number 6NMG705.
The victim and the parents of the child were described as distraught.
Police believe because of his statement that he is heading for Southern California.
The suspect did not know the victim, police said.
The man is considered armed and dangerous.
Police are searching for surveillance video from the ATM, neighbors and stores in the area where the crimes took place.