Elderly Man Dies from Injuries Sustained During Robbery 

Frank Moore in Old Town Clovis (Photo Ron Sundquist)


In the early hours of December 30th, 78 year-old Frank Moore was attacked outside of the Dollar Tree on Herndon and Clovis while picking up the morning newspaper. 

Known for routinely picking up the newspaper at this location, Moore was struck over the head by 37 year old Joseph Wright who was later apprehended by authorities. It was later reported that due to store employees’ descriptions of Wright, local police were able to track the suspect nearby. Moore had been attacked and robbed of his cellphone. 

Already facing five felony charges including battery and assault, it was recently announced that Frank Moore, the victim, has passed away due to his injuries. 

Moore, hospitalized since the attack, had been lying in critical condition before his death. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynn, his three adult children Bret, Joelle, and Shelley, four grandchildren Todd, Alexis, Broc and Kaelynn, in addition to a great-grandson named Blake. 

A GoFundMe account has been created to help pay for funeral expenses. 


December 30th 2022: A robbery suspect was taken into custody this morning after he beat an elderly male and stole his cell phone in front of a store near Herndon/Clovis.

911 calls began coming into CPD communications center just after 8 AM regarding an elderly male lying on the sidewalk, appearing to be injured.

Clovis Police Officers, Clovis Fire, and EMS responded immediately to find the victim with a head injury.

A store employee witnessed the assault and was able to provide a suspect description.

Officers searched the area and located the suspect with the victim’s cell phone, and he was taken into custody without incident.

At this time, it does not appear that the suspect used a weapon.

The 78-year-old victim was transported to the hospital with major injuries where he remains in critical condition.

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Joseph Wright of Fresno County.

Wright is facing felony charges in relation to the robbery and battery of the victim this morning.

CPD would like to thank the witnesses who called 911 immediately which allowed their officers to respond and arrest the suspect nearby and tend to the victim.