Two known gang members, who are charged with murder and armed robbery in the death of a Fresno, Calif., grocery store clerk, will make their first court appearance Jan. 10, 2013.
According to police reports, Christopher Douglas Roberts, 21, and Dwayne Eugene Dodson, 35, attacked the Super 1 Liquor Store in Southeast Fresno Aug. 23, at 11 p.m., as cashiers Kashmir Singh Manes and Kulvinder Singh were closing the shop for the evening. Roberts and Dodson savagely attacked the store clerks, killing Manes and severely injuring Singh who was beaten with metal rods.
Manes, a father of two, died a half hour after being transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Singh was able to talk and walk when paramedics arrived at the scene and later received several stitches for his head injuries.
Police arrested Roberts a day later; at the time of his arrest, Roberts was on parole for felony possession of a firearm. Dodson, a discharged prior felon, was on the loose for six days before he was arrested Aug. 29.
Court records indicate that Dodson fired a gun whose bullet hit Manes but did not cause his death; he has been charged with two felony counts of possessing a firearm and an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.
According to the police, Roberts was not the gunman, but went to the store with the intent to commit a felony and also beat Singh up; a murder charge is statutorily imposed on suspects who are committing a felony when a killing occurs.
Roberts is being held in custody on $1.2 million bail, while Dodson is being held on $1.5 million bail.
Manes, a native of Patiala, had lived in the U.S. since 1985 and had worked at the Super 1 Liquor Store for more than 20 years. In local media reports, Manes – whose nickname was Bagoo – was characterized by store regulars as a friendly fellow who made it a point to know all his customers.
Local store owners and neighbors in the area came by the following day to pay their respects to Manes. A funeral was held that evening for the long-time Indian American.