Two armed robbery suspects were on the run Tuesday night.
Fresno police said they pistol-whipped and robbed one man and held up another at gunpoint in back-to-back incidents.
Officers said the victims were jumped as they left local businesses.
It started around 6 p.m with a violent attack in broad daylight in the area of Thesta Street and Bullard Avenue in Northeast Fresno.
Police said witnesses found a man unconscious and called 9-1-1.
“We noticed that he had an injury to his head and EMS arrived and they believe that he had possibly been shot,” Lt. Charlie Chamalbide said.
Doctors found the man had in fact been pistol whipped repeatedly in the head.
“He was inside having dinner and after he finished, he knows the owner, he helped him take out some trash and while he was taking the trash out is when the guys came up and assaulted him,” Chamalbide said.
The suspects were described as two Hispanic males in their early 20’s with dark clothes and covered faces.
They snatched the man’s wallet and took off in a dark colored vehicle, but did not go far before finding their second victim.
“25 minutes later at First and McKinely at the 99 Cents Store we received a second call of a robbery of a patron that was walking out,” Chamalbide said.
He said the man was robbed at gunpoint but was not injured. Detectives believe the two crimes are connected and are still searching for their suspects.