Fresno Man Arrested for Store Clerk’s Murder, Police Search for Second suspect
FRESNO – Police arrested one man for the armed robbery of a convenience store and the murder of the store’s clerk, and are on the lookout for a second suspect.
The Fresno Police Department arrested 21-year-old Christopher Roberts of Fresno for the murder of 45-year-old Kashmir Manes on Aug. 23. Police have identified 35-year-old Dwayne Dodson as a second suspect in connection to the robbery and murder. Both Roberts and Dodson are known gang members.
The incident took place around 11 p.m. on Thursday night at the Super 1 convenience store at 3701 E. Tulare Street near 7th Street. Authorities say Roberts and Dodson walked into the store and shot Manes, who worked as a clerk at the store. One of the men then hit a second employee in the head with a heavy object.
“The second clerk was talking and able to walk to the ambulance,” said Fresno Police Lt. Mike Doyle.
The second clerk was expected to be okay, but Manes, a father of two who had worked at the convenience store for more than 20 years, died a half hour after being transported to Community Regional Medical Center.
Police say Dodson, who is still on the run, was the gunman in the botched robbery. He is a discharged parolee, and police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Roberts, who is on community-supervision parole for gun possession, was responsible for beating the other employee. He was arrested by police on Friday. The murder weapon has yet to be recovered.
Anyone who has any information as to the whereabouts of Dodson can call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.