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*This news release is from the Fresno County District Attorney's Office*
On December 27, 2008, Clovis Police Department officers were investigating a mail theft when they observed the suspect driving a Chevy Camaro. The suspect failed to pull over during a vehicle stop and led officers on a high‐speed chase through residential neighborhoods where he reached speeds of 65‐70 MPH. A Clovis PD Officer stopped his patrol vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving off after the suspect lost control of his vehicle and stopped in a driveway. The suspect then intentionally rammed the driver’s side of the Officer’s patrol vehicle and tried to flee on foot. The suspect was caught trying to scale a fence into a residential backyard and fought with police before being handcuffed. A search of the suspect’s vehicle and home found several items of stolen mail, identify theft materials, computers and stolen checks.
At approximately 4:08 a.m. this morning, Clovis Police dispatch received a call of an armed robbery near the intersection of Clovis Avenue and Fourth Street in Old Town Clovis. An on-duty city maintenance employee working in the area was approached by a male who displayed a firearm and demanded money. The city employee gave the suspect cash, and the suspect fled westbound on foot. Clovis Police officers searched the area for the suspect, however, he could not be located at the time.
Shortly after, at 6:11 a.m., the Denny’s Restaurant located at 710 W Shaw reported an armed robbery had just occurred. Witnesses told dispatchers that a white male had brandished a firearm while at the register and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the suspect then fled on foot. Witnesses were able to determine that the suspect left in a white Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Shaw Avenue. Clovis Police Officers searching the area located a matching vehicle traveling in the area of Minnewawa and Barstow. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined that an occupant matched the suspect description of the two previous robberies.
Luke had the tough decision to make. Did he select Team Cornucopia’s horn of plenty? Or Team Mayflower’s R2-D2 robot? The American flag, created by Team Harvest, made it even more challenging. In the end Luke selected Team Pilgrims’ Cityscape of downtown Clovis! Okay, he is the City Manager must we say more…
City of Clovis
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