The District Attorneys’ office has filed multiple charges against a Hanford man who allegedly robbed farm workers in Fresno County.
22-year-old Dion Edward Loftis has been charged with two counts of second degree robbery with the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, grand theft of personal property, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
Around noon on December 6th, three suspects went to a vineyard off a dirt road near Floral Avenue and S. Jameson Ave. Three men in a black Dodge Durango drove up and demanded money from the farm workers. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says two of the suspects were armed with handguns.
Officials tell us the farm workers were receiving their paychecks right before the robbery happened. A contractor, who was paying the employees, had a large amount of cash taken from.
As the suspects were running to the vehicle, 22 year old Dion Loftis stumbled and fell, dropping his gun. One of the victims picked it up and began firing at him. Loftis was struck three times; twice in the buttocks and once in the calf.
The sheriff’s office says the victim continued shooting at the suspect’s car as it drove away. The other workers held Loftis down until law enforcement arrived on scene and arrested him.
If convicted Loftis faces a sentence of up to 48 years and four 4 months in custody. He is currently in custody at the Fresno County Jail.
Law enforcement is still searching for the two other suspects who fled the scene. Anyone with information on this crime or their identities is urged to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.