FRESNO - Early Sunday morning, residents living in the 600 block of East California Avenue in Southwest Fresno were suddenly awakened by the sound of a loud crash occurring outside. Several residents exited their residences where they observed a red colored Chevrolet Trail Blazer with moderate front end damage driving eastbound California Avenue from Lee Street after striking a vehicle parked along the east curb of Lee Street.
While fleeing the scene, the driver of the trailblazer, 23yr old Norteno gang member Ivan Acevedo, collided with the south curb of E California Avenue. Acevedo attempted to run from the scene. However, he was quickly captured by the residents.
As Officers from the Fresno Police Department were responding, Acevedo was able to flee from the good Samaritans, but was quickly captured by arriving officers. Further investigation, revealed a loaded .380 caliber handgun in Acevedo’s glove box. Acevedo was booked into Fresno county jail for hit-and-run, DUI, and being an felon in possession of a firearm.
With Chief Jerry Dyer’s pledge to reduce traffic fatalities and gun violence, the Fresno Police Department is sincerely grateful for the quick actions of the citizens of Southwest Fresno in helping us remove an armed gang member who had no regard for public safety from our community.