A bizarre series of events unfolded Saturday afternoon, starting near Fresno State when a man assaulted a letter carrier to steal his truck. The suspect crashed the truck minutes later, but it wasn’t until he broke into a nearby business when authorities finally caught up and arrested him.
Loi Tran, owner of cell phone repair business Cell Tech, was with a customer when he heard glass breaking. He went outside to see a neighboring business being broken into — and the suspect, while on the ground, being surrounded by police.
“I knew the first thing I had to do was take out my phone because I know I won’t be [seeing] this ever again,” Tran said.
Police were already on the suspect’s tail because he crashed a mail truck near Fairmont and Maroa avenues. Lt. Ron Hughes said the suspect carjacked the mail truck on Shaw Avenue near Fresno State.
However, from what Hughes could say of the investigation, he said the mail truck wasn’t the suspect’s first target.
“He was seen by witnesses running across Shaw Avenue, stopping vehicles and pulling on the door handles,” Hughes said.
Hughes adds the letter carrier was shoved, but he didn’t have any injuries. The suspect, however, had a number of cuts and was taken to CRMC first for treatment — before being booked into jail.
As a business owner, Tran said burglars are always on his mind, so he’s glad another one is off the streets.
“We do find a random problem like this once in a while, so we have to be prepared. Just for the worst case scenario,” he said.
Hughes said the suspect is looking at vehicle theft or carjacking charges. He also could face federal charges since a U.S. Postal Service worker is involved. The USPS and U.S. Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident as well, and the USAO will be the one to file federal charges if warranted.