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> Misc > News Releases

1/23/2015 11:57 AM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested for Kidnapping
Details:  During the afternoon of January 21st, 2015 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received several calls reporting a black male suspect walking into homes in the south Bakersfield area. During the same time period the Sheriff’s Office also received a report that a black male suspect occupying a white 4-door vehicle had attempted to force a male juvenile into the vehicle near Munsey School located at 3801 Brave Ave. in southwest Bakersfield. The male juvenile resisted and ran into the school office being chased by the suspect. The suspect was confronted by school staff and ordered to the leave the school which he did, fleeing in the suspect vehicle. During the same time period the Bakersfield Police Department received several similar calls in the same area. The suspect descriptions in the cases reported to the Bakersfield Police Department were similar to the description of the suspect involved in the incidents reported to the Sheriff’s Office. On January 22nd, a Bakersfield Police Officer stopped a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description being driven by 53 year old Calvin Cartwright. Cartwright was later arrested for numerous offenses related to the reported incidents investigated by the Bakersfield Police Department and booked into the Kern County Jail. After Cartwright was arrested Kern County Sheriff’s Office detectives began following up on the incidents which had been reported to the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives were able to positively identify Cartwright as the suspect responsible for the incident at Munsey School as well as the following reports: At 3:30 pm on January 21st Cartwright entered a home in the 4100 block of Cork Ln. At 3:40 pm on January 21st Cartwright entered an occupied home in the 4000 block of Madrid and attempted to force a juvenile out of the home. Cartwright fled the home when the residents began screaming at him. At 4:00 pm on January 21st Cartwright entered an occupied home in the 4000 block of Granada Ave. As a result of their investigation Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Cartwright for numerous additional charges including one count of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, burglary, and trespassing. Additional charges will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review. Cartwright is currently in custody at the Kern County Jail. His bail has been set at $230,135.

1/23/2015 10:33 AM
Subject:  Taft Substation Sheriff's Detective solves 2 year old sexual assault case
Details:  Over two years ago, July 13, 2012, Taft deputies responded to a residence in the Taft Heights area of Taft for a report of a sexual assault that just occurred. Deputies learned that the 22 year old victim asked a male subject to use his cellular phone. The victim followed the male into a house under construction to use the phone. Once inside the house the male forcibly raped the victim. The victim was eventually able flee the residence and contacted law enforcement to report the attack. At the time, the suspect’s identity was unknown. Within the last three months, Taft Substation Detective JASON BALASIS received information that 54 year old GERMAN TAPIA of Bakersfield was responsible for raping the victim. Detective BALASIS conducted a lengthy investigation which culminated with him obtaining a probable cause to arrest warrant for TAPIA. On January 20, 2015, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Group, TAPIA was arrested without incident at his residence in the 600-block of South Chester Avenue in Bakersfield. TAPIA was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for rape by using force or fear and for false imprisonment. TAPIA bail was set at $400,000.

1/23/2015 8:12 AM
Subject:  Test
Details:  This is a test of the news release system.

1/22/2015 11:52 AM
Subject:  Test
Details:  This is a test of the news release system.

1/22/2015 9:52 AM
Subject:  Mojave/Boron deputies arrest Boron couple involved in a burglary of a home located in North Edwards
Details:  Details: On January 13, 2014 the victim in the case reported unknown suspects forced entry into his home located in the 13600 block of Flint Street in North Edwards. The suspects ransacked the home and took numerous personal items including appliances, and two dirt bikes. During the ensuing investigation, deputies received a tip from a concerned citizen about the possible location for the dirt bikes. On January 15, 2014, deputies located the dirt bikes at a home in the 27000 block of Jerome St. in Boron. It was found the suspects had already fraudulently changed the title of the dirt bikes into their names. The suspects were identified and a probation search was conducted of the home on January 21, 2014. During the search deputies located and recovered numerous items taken during the burglary. Deputies arrested 27 year-old Branden Farar and 24 year-old Savannah Arrieta. Both were booked into the Mojave Jail for: burglary, possession of stolen property, perjury, possession of forged documents, and conspiracy.

1/22/2015 9:52 AM
Subject:  Mojave/Boron deputies arrest Boron couple involved in a burglary of a home located in North Edwards
Details:  Details: On January 13, 2014 the victim in the case reported unknown suspects forced entry into his home located in the 13600 block of Flint Street in North Edwards. The suspects ransacked the home and took numerous personal items including appliances, and two dirt bikes. During the ensuing investigation, deputies received a tip from a concerned citizen about the possible location for the dirt bikes. On January 15, 2014, deputies located the dirt bikes at a home in the 27000 block of Jerome St. in Boron. It was found the suspects had already fraudulently changed the title of the dirt bikes into their names. The suspects were identified and a probation search was conducted of the home on January 21, 2014. During the search deputies located and recovered numerous items taken during the burglary. Deputies arrested 27 year-old Branden Farar and 24 year-old Savannah Arrieta. Both were booked into the Mojave Jail for: burglary, possession of stolen property, perjury, possession of forged documents, and conspiracy.

1/22/2015 1:34 AM
Subject:  Lenghty investigation into the theft of cattle leads to the arrest of suspect by Delano Deputies
Details:  Details:On 8-4-14 the Valley Tree Ranch reported the theft of six cows. On 1-21-15 Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Delano Substation arrested JOHNATHAN HEATH LOPEZ (age 24) for the theft of four cows from the ranch. After a lengthy investigation LOPEZ was located and arrested. During an interview LOPEZ admitted to the theft of four of the cows . At the time of this news release the four cattle had not been located. This investigation was documented under case #SR14-20495 Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

1/22/2015 1:34 AM
Subject:  Lenghty investigation into the theft of cattle leads to the arrest of suspect by Delano Deputies
Details:  Details:On 8-4-14 the Valley Tree Ranch reported the theft of six cows. On 1-21-15 Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Delano Substation arrested JOHNATHAN HEATH LOPEZ (age 24) for the theft of four cows from the ranch. After a lengthy investigation LOPEZ was located and arrested. During an interview LOPEZ admitted to the theft of four of the cows . At the time of this news release the four cattle had not been located. This investigation was documented under case #SR14-20495 Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

1/22/2015 1:08 AM
Subject:  Deputies Investigate a Reckless Discharge of a Firearm in Southeast Bakersfield
Details:  On January 21, 2015 at about 9:00 pm, Kern County Sheriff's deputies were in the area of Feliz Drive and Jastro Street when they saw a subject fire three rounds from an unknown type of firearm into the air. The subject was approximately one city block away from the deputies when the shooting occurred. The subject, who appeared to be a male, then walked to a nearby house. Deputies lost sight of the subject when he walked by that house. Several deputies, the Sheriff's helicopter, and Bakersfield Police officers responded to set up a perimeter around the area. A juvenile was detained during the investigation, however, no arrest was made. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110, or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message and reference case number SR15-01839.

1/21/2015 6:38 PM
Subject:  Correction to Previous News Release
Details:  Correction to the previous news release regarding the attempt to locate Ashley Arellano. The previous release indicated Arellano and Weirich were seen together on the afternoon of July 19th in the Twenty Nine Palms area. The correct date is January 19th, and the news release should reflect that they were both seen together on the afternoon of January 19th in the Twenty Nine Palms area.

1/21/2015 12:27 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit seizes an assault rifle and narcotics during early morning search warrant
Details:  Details: On January 21, 2015 at approximately 5:15 a.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 36 year old Robert Luna at Panorama Dr and Linden St in Bakersfield. Luna was transported to his residence in the 2900 block of Saint Marys where deputies executed a search warrant. During a search of the residence, deputies located a stolen assault rifle with over 500 rounds of ammunition, several high capacity magazines, a loaded 380 caliber semi-auto handgun, approximately one half pound of methamphetamine, 4 grams of heroin, anabolic steroids and $1,600.00 in US currency. Also in the home were Vanessa Stallman and her 3 young children. Luna was arrested on multiple weapon and drug related charges including, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, and possession of methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of sale. Luna was booked into the Central Receiving Facility where he is currently being held on bail set in the sum of $115,000.00.

1/21/2015 12:23 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit Deputies seize an assault weapon and narcotics during search warrant
Details:  Details: On January 21, 2015 at approximately 5:15 a.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 36 year old Robert Luna at Panorama Dr and Linden St in Bakersfield. Luna was transported to his residence in the 2900 block of Saint Marys where deputies executed a search warrant. During a search of the residence, deputies located a stolen assault rifle with over 500 rounds of ammunition, several high capacity magazines, a loaded 380 caliber semi-auto handgun, approximately one half pound of methamphetamine, 4 grams of heroin, anabolic steroids and $1,600.00 in US currency. Also in the home were Vanessa Stallman and her 3 young children. Luna was arrested on multiple weapon and drug related charges including, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, and possession of methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of sale. Luna was booked into the Central Receiving Facility where he is currently being held on bail set in the sum of $115,000.00.

1/20/2015 4:48 PM
Subject:  Suspect arrested for numerous copper wire thefts
Details:  Details: Due to an increase in copper wire thefts at agricultural related businesses in the Delano area, Detectives from the Delano Substation and the Rural Crime Investigation Unit began searching for similar cases. Detectives served several search warrants in the cases and developed probable cause to believe Tyler Vaught (44) committed fourteen of the thefts in the Delano area. During the investigation, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Unit also identified Vaught as a suspect in several of their copper wire thefts in Tulare County. The Kern County cases were sent to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for Tyler Vaught. Tyler Vaught was arrested on 1/19/2015 for his outstanding warrants and booked into the Kern County Central Receiving Facility. Vaught was charged with forty two felony theft related charges. The total combined loss in these cases was approximately $100,000. Vaught is a resident of the Delano area. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Unit is asking for anyone with information on these cases, to call Detective Richard Hudson at (661)392-4367.

1/20/2015 2:28 PM
Subject:  Death Investigation
Details:  On January 19th, 2015 Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 7000 block of Shafter Rd. south of Bakersfield for a report of a deceased female. Deputies arrived and located an 86 year old female who was obviously deceased. Based on initial information and evidence at the scene, deputies believed the death was possibly suspicious and requested homicide detectives respond to assume the investigation. Detectives responded and initiated an investigation into the elderly female’s death. Detectives interviewed several people, including the deceased female’s son and roommates. The Coroner’s Office responded and took custody of the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released by the Coroner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

1/20/2015 2:28 PM
Subject:  Death Investigation
Details:  On January 19th, 2015 Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 7000 block of Shafter Rd. south of Bakersfield for a report of a deceased female. Deputies arrived and located an 86 year old female who was obviously deceased. Based on initial information and evidence at the scene, deputies believed the death was possibly suspicious and requested homicide detectives respond to assume the investigation. Detectives responded and initiated an investigation into the elderly female’s death. Detectives interviewed several people, including the deceased female’s son and roommates. The Coroner’s Office responded and took custody of the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released by the Coroner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

1/19/2015 2:32 AM
Subject:  Homicide detectives investigate an inmate death at Lerdo Detention facility
Details:  Details: On Sunday January 18, 2015 at about 11:00 PM, Kern County Detention deputies found a 31 year old inmate unresponsive in his cell at the Lerdo Maximum Security Detention facility. CPR was administered on the inmate who was later pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and started an investigation on the in custody death. The inmate's name is being withheld pending notification of family. The cause of death is pending.

1/16/2015 4:41 PM
Subject:  Search warrant service at a local internet cafe.
Details:  Details: On January 16, 2015, officers from the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office Joint Vice Task Force served a search warrant at the Speedway Internet Café, located at 1704 North Chester Avenue, for evidence of illegal gambling. This investigation was in response to citizen complaints, where it was reported the business contained computers with Las Vegas style slot machine programs on them. During the service of the search warrant, officers located methamphetamine, a loaded firearm and $9,671 in U.S currency. Officers also seized 18 computers. A Bakersfield resident was questioned and released at the scene pending further investigation. This case is being submitted to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for their review.

1/16/2015 11:36 AM
Subject:  Deputies arrest Ford City man for ADW, Robbery, & resisting arrest
Details:  On Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm deputies from the Taft Substation responded to an assault with a deadly weapon in progress in the 300-block of Pierce Street in the Ford City area of Taft. Upon their arrival deputies learned 25-year old ERIQ CASH of Ford City had been loitering nearby in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. CASH was approached by a 48-year old male who told cash to leave the area. During the ensuing altercation, CASH hit the victim in the face with a skateboard. CASH fled the area and was not located that night. The victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital with moderate injuries to his face and head. On Thursday, January 15 deputies received information from a concerned citizen that CASH was in the 700-block of Fillmore Street in Ford City. Deputies located CASH in the backyard of a residence in that area. CASH ran from deputies and Taft Police Department Officers. CASH jumped several fences into neighboring yards. Deputies and Taft Police Department Officers were ultimately able to corner CASH in the backyard of the residence where they initially saw CASH. CASH continued to resist arrest. After a short struggle, he was ultimately taken into custody. During a search of CASH’S backpack deputies located two cell phones and drug paraphernalia. As a result of deputies’ investigation, they learned the victim of the initial assault case lost his cellular phone during the incident. Deputies were able to confirm one of the two cellular phones found in CASH’s possession actually belonged to the victim of the assault. CASH was arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail for assault with a deadly weapon; 2nd degree robbery; and resisting arrest.