Eric McGaskey and Vaughn McGaskey
A recent increase in shootings in the Southwest and Southeast districts of Fresno stirred police to launch a gang suppression operation on December 4th. Officer work hours were changed and extra resources were allocated to more effectively address the increase in violence. The following arrests were made by officers assigned to the operation.
Downtown Policing Unit officers assigned to the gang suppression operation arrived within a minute of a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in the Southwest district outside of Zack’s Market on December 9th.
Two men exited a white, four-door vehicle and approached their target as he was leaving the store. One of the suspects was armed. The victim was patted down and robbed of his wallet and gold chain.
The robbery was caught on video surveillance and reviewed by officers who recognized the armed suspect as Vaughn McGaskey, a 23-year old from Fresno and confirmed Klette Mob Criminal Street Gang Member. The victim positively identified McGaskey via a photographic lineup.
On December 10th, officers followed up with their lead. They spotted the vehicle involved in the robbery leave a residential area around the 2400 block of South Lilly and Church Avenue and pulled it over.
Driving the car was 19-year old Eric McGaskey of Stockton, wearing the victim’s gold chain. Further investigation revealed he was the driver during the robbery as well. Vaughn McGaskey was located back at the residence and both brothers were arrested and booked on charges of robbery.
While downtown Policing Unit officers were responding to the armed robbery at Zack’s Market, officers of the Southwest District assigned to the gang suppression operation were arresting 38-year old Maurice Jamison and 41-year old Bobby Wilson, known members of the Dog Pound Gang. Jamison and Wilson were pulled over for a traffic violation on Jensen and Elm Avenue.
Besides violating a gang injunction barring the gang members from associating with one another in the specific area where they were pulled over, the pair was in possession of a loaded .40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun reported stolen in Bakersfield. Jamison and Wilson were booked for possession of a firearm and violating the injunction.
The Fresno Police Department has enhanced the rewards for information leading to the arrests of gang members who are involved in narcotic sales, firearm possessions, or human trafficking, up to $3000. Anonymous tips can be delivered by calling Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7869).