Tequila and cash; suspects rob Fresno liquor store clerk at gunpoint

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Up close and personal camera shots of three hooded suspects, in jeans and jean shorts, robbing Bishop Liquors at First and Ashlan avenues in Fresno, Tuesday night.

“I came, stay over there, three people come in, one guy, gun, bring it here,” the store clerk described to us, Wednesday. “He take money, one guy go inside, he take the hard liquor, two Patron, big one, he came here, he take money and run.”

All in about two minutes, at one point, the armed suspect pointing his gun at the store clerk, getting him out of the way.

The other two, making a mess, pulling anything they could out from under the counters.

“They rummaged through all the doors, looking for additional cash, but they couldn’t find anything,” Fresno Police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide said. “The other two were just grabbing items.”

The suspect with the gun, then grabbing the clerk by his shirt, yanking him back over.

The store clerk has worked at the shop 8 years. He says few words were exchanged.

“He said, ‘Gimme money.'” 

“‘OK,’ I said,’ I give you.”

The clerk also saying the crime happened at a busy time.

In fact, during the robbery, one witness walks into the store, sees what’s happening, then walks directly out.

Less than one minute later, another customer pulls up. 

“It startles the suspects, and they take off running,” Chamalbide said. 

Leaving the liquor, as a woman enters. The suspects coming right toward her, she even exits with them.

The clerk, left alone.

“He’s a little shaken up, but he’s, he’s OK,” Chamalbide said.

Officials say those suspects took off southbound on First avenue, in a blue vehicle.

The store owner says, those suspects got away with about $500.

The clerk was not injured.

The store has been robbed before; if you saw anything, contact the Fresno Police Department.

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