FRESNO – After officers chased and caught up to a man who had robbed a woman at gunpoint, they discovered a 5-year-old in the suspect’s back seat.
Nicholas Woodworth, a Peckerwood gang member, was identified as the suspect who had robbed a woman at gunpoint at the Fashion Fair Mall on Thursday.
Woodworth led officers on a chase outside of Fashion Fair Mall. During the chase, officers saw a Scooby-Doo backpack being thrown out of the passenger’s side window. Officers got their hands on the backpack and found crystal methamphetamine and a loaded gun inside, according to authorities.
The chase ended in front of J.C. Penney at the mall, where Woodworth and another gang member jumped out of the car and tried to run away, but were caught. It was then that officers discovered the 5-year-old child in the back seat of the car, authorities said.
The driver of the car was identified as Ryan Edwards and the father of the young child. Edwards was also identified by police as a Peckerwood gang member and was arrested for child endangerment.
The child was turned over to the mother.
Woodworth faces a number of charges, including armed robbery, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, and various drug charges.
Fresno Bee: After Fresno police chase at Fashion Fair, 5-year-old found in car