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UPDATE: Another arrest made in Tower hit-and-run

Chief Dyer said 24-year-old Chase Popps of Fresno pushed Johnny Rodriguez into the street where he was hit by a car (Photo FCSO)

UPDATE: Dec. 5, 2018 - Following the Monday news conference Fresno Police Headquarters, tips have led to the arrest of a second suspect in the hit and run that happened early Sunday morning in the Tower District.

Chief Dyer said it all started with an altercation between the victim, Johnny Rodriguez, and another man identified as 24-year-old Chase Popps of Fresno.

Police say Popps knocked Rodriguez down in the street on Olive Ave. where he was hit by a passing car, driven by Jessica Acunia.

Acunia did not stop and Popps was seen walking quickly from the crash site.

Popps turned himself into police on Tuesday with his attorney.

Popps was booked into the Fresno County Jail for a charge of Battery with Great Bodily Injury.

His bail was set at $25,000 and he has since posted bail.

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UPDATE: Dec. 4, 2018 - Fresno police say the woman suspected of driving during a hit-and-run that left a man with severe head trauma has been arrested.

The woman, identified as 23-year-old Jessica Acunia, was arrested Monday night after her attorney arraigned to have her turn herself in.


Acunia was booked into the Fresno County Jail for a felony hit-and-run charge and failure to have court ordered ignition interlock device in her car.

Police are still looking for the passengers in the car.


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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a news conference Monday afternoon about a hit-and-run crash that happened early Sunday morning.

Dyer said a woman made a 9-1-1 call Sunday at 1:44 a.m. about a car hitting a pedestrian outside of the Bobby Salazar’s restaurant on Olive Ave. in Fresno's Tower District.

Chief Dyer said the vehicle that hit the pedestrian did not stop but detectives were able to collect video from multiple sources and are hoping the public can identify the suspects.

There were two Fresno police officers assigned to Bobby Salazar’s when the hit and run happened.

The officers did not see the crash but went outside and found the victim, 36-year-old John Rodriquez, in the road and unresponsive.

The officers say Rodriquez had no pulse so they began providing emergency treatment along with the help of an off-duty nurse.

The victim was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma.

Chief Dyer said detectives pieced together a series of events leading up to the hit and run.

Dyer said a fight happened outside the restaurant between Rodriquez and an unidentified man.

The fight started when the two men bumped into each other on the sidewalk.

Chief Dyer said the man pushed Rodriquez, knocking him down in the road.

Rodriquez was getting up when he was hit by a white Chrysler 300, that did not stop.

Detectives say the Chrysler was captured on video stopping at a nearby gas station and a passenger was seen getting out of the car and checking the damage to the front of the vehicle.


There was a total of four people in the car, including a woman driver.

All four people were picked up by video cameras inside the mini mart.

Chief Dyer says the man who pushed Rodriquez into the road is wanted for a possible charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The driver of the Chrysler is wanted for felony hit and run.

The three passengers are also facing charges.

If you have any information about the crime, you’re asked to call Detectives at (559) 621-5066 or 621-2433.

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