Online robbery setup ends with Fresno man killed in Firebaugh

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FRESNO, California (KSEE) – A Fresno man was killed in Firebaugh after being shot in an online robbery setup involving a local suspect and three others from Iowa, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Tyrel Truss, 20, of Fresno, drove Thursday to Mendota to meet a woman he had been communicating with on the internet, Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. The woman introduced Truss to a group of her friends, including a man and two women, and asked if he could take them to Firebaugh and he agreed.

An altercation took place inside the car during the ride.

Botti said it ended with Isaac Helms, 18, of Sioux City, Iowa, shooting Truss, which caused his car to roll into a parked vehicle on Cardella Street in Firebaugh.

Helms, along with two others from Sioux City, Precious Green, 19, Hannah Haywood, 19 and Alexa Ramos, 20, of Firebaugh, got out of the car and tried to run away.

However, officers with Firebaugh Police arrived at the scene and were able to track down the people and detain them for questioning, Botti said.

Officers contacted deputies and requested its homicide detectives take over the investigation.

Authorities found a gun believed to be used in the crime during a search of the scene, Botti said. Additionally, one of the four people detained was found to be in possession of personal items belonging to Truss.

Detectives determined that the group had set up the meeting with Truss in order to try and rob him.

Botti said everyone was arrested for murder. The case is being submitted to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to review.

Anyone with additional information that can help this investigation is asked to contact sheriff’s Homicide Detective Gary Haslam at (559) 600-8209 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.

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