Selma man arrested in attempted carjacking, robbing store at knifepoint

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A Selma man was arrested Sunday after authorities say he tried to carjack a woman and robbed a store at knifepoint back in March, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 2:30 a.m. on March 24, a man robbed an AMPM store located at 12019 S. Highland Ave. in Selma.

Video surveillance captured the man entering the store to purchase a drink. Once he reached the counter, he changed his mind and left the store.

Minutes later, he is seen running out from a hiding spot behind the building, and he attempted to carjack a woman in the parking lot — threatening her with a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said.

She was able to keep hold of her keys, lock the car, separate from the man, throw her hot chocolate at him and run into the store for help.

Just as the clerk was about to dial 911, the suspect ran back into the store.

He immediately jumped over the counter and demanded the clerk give him cash from the registers as he threatened her with a knife in his hand, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He erratically paced back in forth, threatening the clerk and other customers in the store, including the woman he tried to carjack, the Sheriff’s Office said. She locked herself in the bathroom for safety.

The suspect eventually took a bag full of money and left the store, running toward an open field.

No one was injured.

On Sunday, property crimes detectives with the Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Robert Cervantes of Selma.

Detectives were able to identify Cervantes thanks to a tip from a member in our community, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He is in the Fresno County Jail facing felony charges of robbery, use of a deadly weapon and attempted carjacking. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for a bench warrant related to driving on a suspended license.

Anyone with additional information about Robert Cervantes should contact Detective Aurelio Flores at (559) 600-8172.

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