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FRESNO — Property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public to help them find 26-year-old Marco Antonio Perez of Selma, who is wanted in connection to an armed robbery of field workers that occurred recently.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, Sheriff’s officials said a group of workers were pruning a vineyard off a dirt road north of Floral Avenue, west of South Jameson Avenue, when three men in a black Dodge Durango drove up, got out and demanded the workers hand over their money.

The suspects wore hooded sweatshirts and masks and deputies said one was armed with a handgun and another had a knife.

Officials said a contractor, who was paying the employees at the time, had a large amount of cash taken from them. They said two of the field workers also handed over their money.

Two of the suspects got into their SUV, however, officials said 22-year-old Dion Loftis of Hanford did not make it back to the vehicle because he stumbled and fell, dropping his gun.

Deputies said one of the victims picked up the gun and began firing shots at Loftis. He was struck three times: twice in the buttocks and once in the calf, they said.

Officials said the victim continued shooting at the back of the SUV as it drove away.

They said the other workers quickly ran over and held Loftis down as they waited for deputies to respond to a 911 call that was made.

Deputies arrived and gave Loftis medical treatment before an ambulance responded and took Loftis to a hospital to undergo surgery. Officials said he has since been booked into the Fresno County Jail.

Detectives said they later identified the two men who fled in the SUV: 23-year-old Jorge Pacheco of Fresno and 26-year-old Marco Perez of Selma.

Detectives later found and arrested Pacheco, but continue to search for Perez.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Marco Perez is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 600-3111, or Detective Patrick Beggs at 600-8390 or patrick.beggs@fresnosheriff.org.

You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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