Detectives investigate a string of hold-ups near Reedley and Parlier

July 5, 2013 12:44:34 AM PDT
Detectives are investigating a string of scary hold-ups that are happening near Reedley and Parlier.

There are at least five victims and at least three different hold-ups. All the crimes are similar in nature. Crime number one was near an intersection in Reedley. A group of day laborers were waiting for a ride when the crime happened

"Two to three subjects got out with knives, robbed the individuals who were waiting for work and demanded cash and cell phones," said Sgt.Todd Lowery with the Reedley police.

Crime one as reported around 4:30 a.m. The victims held at knife point and any too scared to even report the crime. Then around 4:45 a.m. sheriff's deputies got a panicked call from a Parlier man who was stranded near Newmark and Fantz.

A car started flashing its lights, forcing the victim to pay attention

" They then passed him, got in front of him and slowed way down and forced him so stop," said Sgt. Brent Stalker with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. "One approached him at driver with a knife, held a knife to his face, the other pointed a gun from the passenger side."

The suspects then asked for the man's wallet and car keys and then took off. This left the man with his car, but no keys and an empty pocketbook..

Then back in Reedley, shortly before 6 a.m. another group of day laborers were standing in front of this apartment complex when a group of men jumped out of a car

"We don't have a whole lot they had bandanas over their face to hide their identity," said Lowery.

Police say comply and give the suspects whatever they ask for because no material item is worth your life.

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