A man fled with undisclosed amount of cash Friday afternoon after robbing a Pizza Hut on Central Avenue at gunpoint, police said.
A witness who watched the robbery unfold about 1:32 p.m. at the pizza joint in the 1200 block of South Central Avenue notified police, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured.
The gunman was described as black, 20 years old, 6 foot 1 inches tall and about 190 pounds, Lorenz said.
He was wearing a black hat, black sports jersey, black pants, and had a black semi-automatic handgun.
The gunman was last seen in a white sedan driving north on San Fernando Road.
The same Pizza Hut was robbed at gunpoint in May 2009. In that incident, an 18-year-old employee was shot in the shoulder.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested the alleged gunman, Daryl Beulah, in November 2010 in Fresno after police detectives tracked him down using DNA evidence left at the scene, officials said.
At the time, police released surveillance video of the robbery that showed the gunman entering the pizza joint at 11:10 a.m., then jumping over the counter and later emerging holding a bag.
The video didn’t show the confrontation between the gunman and the employee, police said
The employee gave him several hundreds of dollars and her purse while activating a silent alarm, police said.
As the gunman fled, he allegedly turned around and shot her once in the shoulder.
-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News