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Video Helps Fresno Police Arrest Fashion Fair Stabbing Suspect



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Prophet Hillard, 27, was booked into Fresno County Jail with bail set at $75,000. (Shutterstock)
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Fresno police said Monday morning that officers arrested a known gang member suspected of stabbing a juvenile at Fashion Fair shopping mall on Saturday.

According to a news release, Prophet Hillard, 27, was booked into Fresno County Jail on felony assault charges and his bail was set at $75,000. He currently is on probation for felony assault and, as of Monday afternoon, remained in jail.

The 5-foot-5, 130-pound Hillard has a history of violence including assault on a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and criminal gun possession, police said.

Suspect Identified Via Security Video

Officers who were already at the mall responded to a fight between Hillard and the two juveniles. After viewing surveillance video provided by the mall’s security team, the officers identified the attacker as Hillard and later found him hiding in a restroom.

Officials said that in addition to arresting Hillard at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, the officers found evidence related to the stabbing in the restroom.

One of the juveniles had a stab wound to his armpit and the other was struck in the back of the head with an unknown object. Both were treated at Community Regional Medical Center.


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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