3/27 Cops and courts: Police looking for two suspects in armed robbery

The Clovis Police Department is looking for two suspects accused of robbing a pair of Clovis residents at gunpoint about 11 p.m. Thursday night in the south parking lot of the Clovis Apartments.

One suspect is described by police as a thinly built Hispanic male with a red bandanna and armed with a pistol. The other was described as 6-foot-tall black male armed with a shotgun, thinly built and also with a red bandana on his face.

Sgt. Roger Grah, who is investigating the incident, said Saturday the police were still looking for the suspects.
“We need some help, if any one knows anything about it,” he said.

Two Clovis residents told the investigating officers that they were robbed after they got in their vehicle to leave the complex. Both victims were robbed of money, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clovis Police Department at 769-1921 or the Curry County Crimes Stoppers at 763-7000.

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A head-on collision March 18 outside of Melrose sent four people to the hospital, but there were no fatalities as a result of the crash, State Police said Saturday.

Colin Alcott, 51, a prosecutor in the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office in Santa Rosa, was driving east when he made an improper pass on what may have been a slight curve, colliding with a vehicle driving in the opposite direction, according to police. The other vehicle had three occupants.

All four victims were taken to the hospital.

Lt. Gary Ross, assistant district commander with the State Police, said there a citation was filed in magistrate court against Alcott for improper passing on the highway.

Ross also said another State Police officer was driving east behind Alcott at the time of the accident, and witnessed the wreck.

“It’s a bad one, but its a pretty simple, clean cut one as far as investigation goes,” Ross said.

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A Clovis man was convicted by a jury Friday of two counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary, shooting from a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office.

Francisco Lujan, 21, was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections, the release showed.

The convictions stem from a May 20 incident when according to prosecutors Lujan entered a house and escorted the residents through the home looking for valuables to steal. Clovis police responded to the scene while the crime was in progress, and apprehended Lujan at that time, the press release shows.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb and Senior Trial Attorney Chris Chandler prosecuted the case for the state.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com