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Man bolts court as witness says he’s a robber

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FRESNO (AP) — Police are looking for a man who bolted from a Fresno County courtroom Friday after a witness identified him as a possible robbery suspect.

The Fresno Bee reported that the bizarre incident occurred during a preliminary hearing on a home invasion case involving two of eight defendants. During a cross-examination, a female witness on the stand pointed to a man who was watching the proceedings and said he stole her television.

Mile Harris, a lawyer representing one of the two defendants, told the newspaper that the woman suddenly appeared uncomfortable and said, “’One of the people who took my TV is in court now.’”

The man rose, shouted an obscenity and ran from the courtroom, Harris said.

A Fresno County sheriff’s bailiff was unable to pursue the man because he was watching the two suspects in the hearing, Fresno Police spokesman Jaime Rios said.


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