Vehicle Returned to 90-Year Old Victim: Citizen Tips Result in the Arrest of 3 Print
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Friday, 04 May 2012 11:31
FRESNO - Last month a male suspect followed a 90-year-old female into the Save Mart store at First and Bullard. While she was shopping, he stole her purse from her cart, and then used her car keys to steal her vehicle from the store’s parking lot. Det. Daniel Godwin of the Northeast District Investigations Unit worked with the victim, the store, and the media to broadcast information on this case.

Information received from several citizen tips led Det. Godwin to contact a local parole agent, who confirmed that a wanted parolee named Henry Sahagun was the suspect seen on a video committing the crime.

On Thursday, April 26, a 2006 Hyundai Elantra was stolen from the area of Millbrook and Shields and was left on the railroad tracks near Olive and Webster, where it was struck by a train. A citizen snapped a photograph of a female passenger fleeing the vehicle before the train hit it
This morning, at approximately 8:30, Det. Godwin, with the assistance of the Fresno Police Department’s C-CATT Team, arrested three suspects related to these recent auto theft crimes. They were arrested in the 4800 block of E. University without incident.
The 90-year-old victim had her vehicle returned by officers this afternoon.

Henry Sahagun, 33, of Fresno, was arrested for elder abuse, burglary, conspiracy, grand theft, theft with a prior, auto theft, and an outstanding parole warrant. He was caught on tape stealing the victim’s purse and vehicle. His mug photo is attached, along with the original crime bulletin.

Chee Moua, 21, of Fresno, was arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle. She is the female who ran from the stolen vehicle before it was hit by a train last Thursday, and admitted to officers that she knew the vehicle was stolen.

Roberta Murrieta, 35, of Fresno, was arrested while attempting to leave the arrest location this morning in a U-Haul truck. Murrieta was an unlicensed driver and obstructed the officers during their investigation. She was cited and released, and there is no mug photo for her in the system.

Another male was detained by officers this morning, but was not arrested. He was cooperative with detectives, and was released at the scene.
Citizens of Fresno are working with Fresno PD detectives and C-CATT to turn in auto thieves and bring them to justice. We appreciate all of the tips we receive at 621-CCAT, and we could not succeed without the assistance of the public. That cooperation is the reason auto theft is down 37.1% in Fresno, compared with this time last year. There have been 1,318 auto thefts so far in 2012, while there were 2,094 at this point in 2011.