Series Of Robberies End: Failed Robbery Leads To Arrest Of Four

A failed robbery Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of four people connected to a series of armed robberies, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

Johnny Alberto Lopez, 27, of Fresno, Audriana Alvarez Mata, 21, of Sanger, Francisco Javier Villa, 19, and 22 year old Paula Felecia Villa, both of Parlier, face one count of home invasion robbery, two counts of attempt robbery and several counts of robbery.

Deputies say a dark gray, four-door sedan involved in two other attempted robberies in Reedley and a home invasion near Sanger cut off a man and woman driving near Kings River Road around 5 a.m.

A man got out of the sedan and ran toward the couple who were forced to stop in their car, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

The man and woman drove off, but were pursued by the sedan before they made their way to the Kingsburg Police Department.

Sanger police eventually spotted the sedan in the area of Highway 180 and Fairbanks. The sedan was stopped and the four men inside were arrested.

An investigation linked the four men to several robberies in Reedley, Sanger, Dinuba and Selma.

In five of the robberies, victims were stabbed by one of the suspects, the sheriff's department said. In one of the robberies, the victim was pistol whipped. Only two of the stabbing victims required medical attention at a hospital. The others were treated at the scene and released.