Fresno Police searching for several suspects involved in a hit-and-run in Tower District


Fresno Police are searching for several suspects involved in a hit and run that left a man in critical condition.

The incident happened around 1:45 Sunday morning, on Olive, near Broadway in Fresno’s Tower District as the bars were closing for the night.

Investigators are asking for help to find the suspects.

Police say if anyone can identify the people in the video or photos to come forward.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said a Hispanic or Samoan man wearing a black hoodie, with a Nike label on the front, got into a fight with 36-year-old John Rodriguez just outside of Bobby Salazar’s in Tower District.

“An unidentified suspect struck or pushed Rodriguez ultimately knocking him into the roadway of Olive Ave and he had fallen to the ground,” Dyer said.

Dyer says the victim, Rodriguez, was trying to get up off the ground when, “A vehicle traveling westbound on Olive, described as a white 300 Chrysler between 2005 and 2010 struck Rodriguez with the front of the vehicle.”

Dyer confirmed that the car has been found but he said they do not have anyone in custody.

He says there were four people in the car and said that the driver was a woman.

Video shows the white Chrysler stopping at a gas station where Chief Dyer says a man in the front passenger seat got out of the car to look for damage.

Dyer says all four then went inside the gas station store and bought beer.

A photo shows the driver, police say clear as day.

Chief Dyer says after the Gavin Gladding case, the suspects should know they cannot hide.

He says contract officers who patrol outside of Bobby Salazar’s were first on scene and treated the victim.

Dyer says Rodriguez was transported to Community Regional Medical Center and underwent surgery for severe trauma to the head.

He says Rodriguez is in critical but stable condition.

Police are looking for the man in the black Nike hoodie who fought with the victim and the people in the white Chrysler.

If anyone has information they’re asked to call Fresno Police at  (559) 621-2400 or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.

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