‘I’m still shaking’: ABC30 editor spotted suspect at Fresno Save Mart and alerted employees

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — An ABC30 editor spotted suspect Pheng Vang in the Save Mart where he was hiding and alerted store workers, minutes before he was arrested by Fresno police.

Editor Andrea Guyton was shopping for groceries on Saturday afternoon when she saw the 28-year-old burglary suspect.

“I recognized him almost immediately because of the tattoo he had, the fact that he was covered in dirt, and it was so weird that he came out.” said Guyton. “At first I was frozen, I was just like, ‘Wait, is that the guy?’ And then, as he approached, I saw the tattoo, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s him!'”

Guyton says they were both in the produce section of the store.

“We made eye contact for a little while. He walked past me, grabbed an apple, started eating it, and walked out the front door,” she said.

No one else appeared to recognize the man, who for the past two days had been at the center of a highly publicized 8 p.m. standoff with police and a lockdown of surrounding businesses and schools.

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So Guyton sprang into action, alerting store employees.

“After he left I was like ‘You guys, that was him, like that was the guy.’ And then I told the store clerk because he didn’t know who he was either and so I said, “No, you have to call the cops because that was him,” she said .

Guyton says Save Mart employees were shocked because they thought the store was safe. Police announced late Friday that Vang had likely escaped from the area.

Minutes after Guyton’s encounter with Vang, he was arrested by police as he attempted to escape to a nearby apartment complex.

Officers later said that although they reopened the mall on Friday afternoon, they left undercover officers and units nearby.

As for Guyton, she says she might take some time to recover from the encounter.

“I’m still shaking a bit because it was the closest I’ve ever been to a story,” she says.

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