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Alleged Valentine’s Day Strong-Arm Robber Charged With Four Felonies



A Fresno man who assaulted three female Valentine's Day street vendors and a 77-year-old man faces up to 16 years in prison. (Shutterstock)
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A 21-year-old Fresno man suspected of assaulting three female Valentine’s Day street vendors and the 77-year-old father of one victim faces up to 16 years in prison.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said Friday afternoon that Martin Chavez Jr. has been charged with four felony counts of second-degree robbery. In addition, the DA’s office notes that Chavez has prior criminal convictions and previously served prison time.

Chavez, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, was apprehended by Fresno police after a video of the crimes were captured on video by a bystander at Tulare and Third streets.

The police department shared that video on its social media accounts and multiple tips came in.

Detectives arrested Chavez on Wednesday and he was booked into Fresno County Jail. Chavez’s bail was set at $65,000 and there is a parole hold on him.

Watch: Detectives Make Arrest in Valentine’s Day Robbery

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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