FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A Fresno Taco Bell and McDonald’s less than five miles from each other were both robbed within 15 minutes of each other Tuesday evening by a man driving a stolen car, according to Fresno Police.
Police released these images of the person they believe is responsible. Officers identified the suspect on Wednesday.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 200lbs, wearing a white tank top, dark shorts, a red and blue baseball cap with the letter A on it, and showing multiple tattoos.
Officers believe he is still driving the stolen vehicle, described as a silver 2009 Toyota Camry with the license plate 6HPJ013.
Officers say the string of incidents began Monday afternoon when the suspect took a vehicle at gunpoint from two women at a carwash on Blackstone Avenue. That vehicle was used in both robberies Tuesday evening.
The first call came in at 7:42 p.m. from the Taco Bell on McKinley and Chestnut Avenues.
Police say the suspect ordered food, waited until the register was opened, walked behind the counter, and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers were then called at 7:54 p.m. to the McDonald’s at Kings Canyon Road and Clovis Avenue. Officers say the suspect followed a similar routine.
“He did the same thing at both the Taco Bell and at the McDonald’s,” said Lt. Charlie Chamalbide.
“He first orders some food and then when they go to open the cash register he walks behind the counter and gets up right next to them and tells the employee that he has a gun. But no gun is seen.”
One witness described the suspect as calm when carrying out the robbery.
“He just came in like a normal guy. In fact, we all thought he worked there,” said John Deanda. “That’s how slick he did it.”
Police say the suspect was armed during the carjacking but did not produce a gun during the fast-food robberies, despite telling restaurant employees he had one. No injuries were reported in either robbery.
Anyone who sees the suspect vehicle is advised to treat it with caution and contact Fresno Police.