After a police chase, a 20-hour stalemate and a day-long wait, officers finally arrested 28-year-old Pheng Vang after he came out of the supermarket ceiling.
Guess who’s feeling through the Savemart ceiling today? While we may have reversed our exposed SWAT operation, we’ve left undercover detectives in place. When suspect Pheng Vang started running, our MAGEC detectives and northeast patrol officers were quick to arrest him. pic.twitter.com/yodRDX4EBG
— Fresno Police (@FresnoPolice) May 21, 2022
Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama says that although most police units had supposedly withdrawn from the area on Friday, undercover officers were still waiting in place.
The Fresno Police Department will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. to provide more details. Watch it live on our website, or on our live 24×7 streaming channel.
Original story follows.
Police have identified the burglary suspect who was the center of a 20-hour stalemate at a Save Mart in northeast Fresno earlier this week.
The suspect is 28-year-old Pheng Vang, who is on parole after serving a sentence for a previous burglary. He is wanted in connection with a break-in at Caruthers.
The stalemate began Thursday night after a brief chase that began when Fresno County Sheriff’s officers attempted to stop Vang at the River Park mall near Nees and Blackstone Avenues.
He then led officers to the Save Mart at Nees Avenue and First Street and barricaded himself in the grocery store.
The store and surrounding businesses were evacuated as police surrounded the area.
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Classes were canceled at a nearby school.
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On Friday, Fresno’s SWAT agents entered the store with their K9s to search the building and nearby businesses, but they couldn’t find him. They did find evidence that he had been in the store.
Later on Friday, police announced that the suspect had escaped and that the Save Mart store would reopen soon.
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