4 ar­rested in fa­tal shoot­ing of Fresno man, deputies say

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY TIM SHEEHAN tshee­[email protected]­nobee.com Tim Sheehan: 559-441-6319, @TimShee­hanNews

A 20-year-old Fresno man is dead and four peo­ple are in jail in what Fresno County sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­scribed as a “rob­bery setup” that ended in a shoot­ing Thurs­day af­ter­noon, a few blocks from Fire­baugh High School.

De­tec­tives said Tyrel Truss drove to Men­dota to meet a women with whom he had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing on­line.

When he ar­rived, the woman in­tro­duced him to three friends – two other women and a young man – who asked him for a ride in his car to Fire­baugh. Dur­ing the trip, in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the man, 18-year-old Isaac Helms of Sioux City, Iowa, shot Truss with a hand­gun. The shoot­ing was re­ported at about 5 p.m. Thurs­day.

Truss’ car struck a ve­hi­cle parked on Cardella Street be­tween Tucci Street and Lan­ducci Drive, about a quar­ter mile from the high school where the girls tennis team was in the midst of a match against Dos Pa­los High School. Helms and the three women got out of the car and ran away, and the high school was re­port­edly put on lock­down as po­lice looked for the as­sailants.

Tony Botti, a spokesman for the Fresno County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said Fire­baugh po­lice quickly got to the scene and tracked down Helms and the women be­fore ask­ing the sher­iff’s homi­cide de­tec­tives to take over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors search­ing the area found the gun be­lieved to have been used to shoot Truss; one of the sus­pects also had some of Truss’ per­sonal prop­erty in their pos­ses­sion.

Af­ter in­ter­view­ing all four sus­pects, de­tec­tives booked Helms into the Fresno County Jail for sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

All three women – Pre­cious Green, 19, and Han­nah Hey­wood, 19, both of Sioux City, Iowa, and Alexa Ramos, 20, of Fire­baugh – were also ar­rested and jailed for sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they be­lieve the four had ar­ranged the meet­ing with Truss with the in­ten­tion of rob­bing him. Botti said de­tec­tives learned that Ramos was ac­quainted with the other three sus­pects be­cause she had lived in Sioux City be­fore mov­ing to Fire­baugh.

Botti said the case has been sent to the Fresno County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for re­view, and added that bail is ex­pected to be set at $1 mil­lion for each of the sus­pects.


Clock­wise from up­per left, Isaac Helms, 18, of Sioux City, Iowa; Alexa Ramos, 20, of Fire­baugh; Pre­cious Green, 19, of Sioux City; and Han­nah Hay­wood, 19, of Sioux City.

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