FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A suspect is on the run after officers say he robbed a Fresno 7-Eleven at gunpoint, before fleeing with a backpack full of cash.
The incident took place Monday afternoon, at the 7-Eleven gas station near Shaw Avenue and Golden State Boulevard.
According to police, the suspect entered the store around 4 p.m., pulled out a gun, and used it to force customers to the ground and get the cashier to open up the register. Officers say they’re unsure how much money was taken and then stuffed into the suspect’s backpack.
“It’s a very busy store. It’s a very hectic time right now with everybody getting off work,” said Lt. Charlie Chamalbide.
“To me, he was kinda brazen to come into the store and rob it with so many people inside.”
Witnesses say the suspect was wearing a ski mask and was either white or Hispanic. He was last seen on foot heading north on Jennifer Avenue.
“I was in the store. I paid for gas and I was waiting for my change,” said a customer who was inside the store and did not want to be identified.
“I heard somebody say ‘everybody get on the floor’ and as I turned to my left somebody with a hood and mask on pulled out a pistol and put it in my face and so I just got on the ground.”
No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fresno Police Department.