Tuesday , June 25 2024

New Surveillance Video in Gun Store Robbery Attack; $15k Reward

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<p>Detectives continue to search for those responsible for an armed robbery at Fresno Firearms at Blackstone and&nbsp;Herndon Avenues&nbsp;last Thursday where 85-year-old George Sheklian was critically injured and is now in a coma.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />At a press conference Monday, Fresno police, a federal agent from ATF and Sheklian’s son plead with the public for information. They are now offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. </p><p>&quot;We have some much support from everybody–so much, it’s incredible,&quot; Arsen Sheklian said through tears.&quot; It’s incredible to know how many people’s lives my dad touched.&quot;</p><p>After the armed robbery, witnesses told police they saw a white Cadillac speed off southbound on Blackstone Avenue.&nbsp;Now, investigators are reviewing new surveillance video that shows another vehicle, a silver&nbsp;newer model Dodge Charger, also involved.</p><p>&quot;The Dodge Charger and the Cadillac met at a nearby location. The occupants of the Cadillac who had done the robbery, we believe they got into the Charger,&quot; said Fresno Police Jerry Dyer.</p><p>Surveillance from a nearby business before the robbery shows the silver Dodge Charger and the White Cadillac meeting up side by side on Clark near Sierra.</p><p>During the attack, two masked men held the store owner and a customer at gun point and then&nbsp;took off with 13 semi-automatic handguns.</p><p>Federal agents from the AFT are involved in the investigation. Special agent Joe Riehl said it’s a federal offense to steal from a federally licensed gun dealer.</p><p>&quot;I would also point out that if an individual dies during a crime of violence involving firearms that those responsible can face life in a federal prison and or possibly death under federal death penalty,&quot; Riehl said.</p><p>Sheklian was assaulted when he was&nbsp;about to go in and take coffee to the owner of Fresno Firearms, which was his morning routine. Sheklian owns the Georgio’s and Son shoe repair&nbsp;business&nbsp;next door to Fresno Firearms.</p><p>Now, his family has&nbsp;only hours left with him.</p><p>&quot;Tomorrow (Tuesday)&nbsp;we will remove the life support at 10 a.m., and if you can–just a second of silence for him, please, and a prayer,&quot;&nbsp;Sheklian said through tears.</p></div>

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