Hannah Pimentel Dies, Police Searching for Wanted Gang Member Marc Rodriguez
FRESNO, CA (May 18, 2021) – A woman died Wednesday afternoon after a police pursuit involving a wanted gang member crashed into her vehicle in downtown Fresno.
Officials identified the victim as 19-year-old Hannah Pimentel of Clovis.
Fresno Police released the identity of their suspect, 31-year-old Marc Cain Rodriguez.
The incident began around 3:00 p.m. in the area of Calaveras and N Street when a CHP officer with MAGEC (the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium) tried to stop a man wanted for a suspected weapons violation charges in the Chinatown area. After that, a CHP officer pulled over a black Ford Focus believing their suspect was inside.
However, as soon as the trooper approached his vehicle, Rodriguez fled the scene. As authorities chased after the black Ford, the driver tossed out a loaded AR-15 rifle.
Soon after, police briefly lost sight of the suspected gang member before seeing the accident. The suspect went against traffic on Stanislaus Street, slamming into a BMW and killing the woman driving – identified as Pimentel.
Officers say Rodriguez fled the scene on foot. Despite a search of the surrounding area, Rodriguez has not been found.
According to Fresno Police, Rodriguez is a known McKenzie St. Bulldog gang member with a violent history and known to carry firearms. In addition, he has an outstanding felony warrant for illegal possession of an assault rifle.
The Fresno Police Department is handling the investigation. In addition, Pimentel’s family has started a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses.
We extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family and friends of Hannah Pimentel.