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> Misc > News Releases

5/5/2015 2:11 PM
Subject:  Juvenile Arrested for Committing Four Armed Robberies
Details:  On April 4th, 2015 an armed robbery occurred at the Valero Gas Station located at 2501 River Blvd. in east Bakersfield. The suspect was described as a black male in his late teens. He was armed with a handgun and wearing a mask. On April 6th a second armed robbery occurred at the 7-11 located at 2636 River Blvd, one block from the first robbery. The description of the suspect in the second robbery matched the description of the first robbery. On April 8th a third armed robbery occurred at the Smoke Scene located at 2630 River Blvd and the suspect matched the description of the first two robberies. On April 25th a fourth armed robbery occurred at Tip Top Liquors located at 2135 E. California Ave. in east Bakersfield. The suspect in the fourth robbery matched the description of the suspect in the first three robberies, but the suspect in the fourth robbery was not wearing a mask. Kern County Sheriff’s detectives began investigating the series of robberies. During the investigation surveillance video from the robberies was analyzed by the Sheriff’s Office Technical Investigations Unit. After analyzing the video it was determined that the suspect in all four robberies appeared to be the same person. A photograph of the suspect was provided to local law enforcement agencies, including the Kern High School District Police Department. An officer with the Kern High School District was able to identify the suspect as a 17 year old former student of a local high school. On May 4th Sheriff’s Office Robbery/Homicide detectives were able to locate the suspect and arrest him for four counts of armed robbery. The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall.

5/4/2015 7:57 AM
Subject:  Peace Officer Memorial Week
Details:  The week of May 11th through May 15th, 2015 is Peace Officer's Memorial Week in Kern County. This is a time we set aside to remember and honor all law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. During this period of observance, deputies will be wearing black mourning bands over their badges and flags at Sheriff’s Office facilities will be flown at half-staff. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony to pay homage to members of the Sheriff’s Office who have lost their lives in service to the people of Kern County. The ceremony will be held on Monday May 11th, at 10:00 am at the Sheriff’s Office Memorial Monument at Sheriff’s Headquarters, 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield. The California Highway Patrol will host the annual county-wide memorial ceremony on May 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm at the Kern County Peace Officer’s Memorial at 1415 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield. The public and media are invited to attend both events and join us as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the citizens of Kern County.

5/3/2015 12:09 PM
Subject:  Body located in an orchard in the 13000 block of Hwy 166
Details:  Details: On May 3, 2015, at 8:40 AM, a field worker located a deceased body in an orange orchard in the 13000 block of Hwy 166. Deputies responded and located a deceased victim with obvious signs of trauma. Homicide detectives responded and assumed the investigation. The name, sex, race and cause of death are currently undetermined and still under investigation. 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.

4/30/2015 4:01 PM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested After SWAT Standoff
Details:  On April 30th, 2015 at about 8:44 am Kern County Sheriff’ deputies from the Kern Valley Substation were dispatched to the Mizpah Trailer Park at 6540 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella for a report of a subject brandishing a shotgun and making threats. When deputies arrived they learned the suspect, 64 year old Donald Coffey, had re-entered his trailer at the park in possession of the shotgun. Deputies established a perimeter around the trailer and ordered Coffey to exit, however he refused. Deputies then evacuated the trailer park and requested a SWAT callout. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded and assumed command of the operation. At about 12:30 pm Coffey voluntarily exited the trailer and was taken into custody without incident. Coffey was arrested for brandishing a firearm, two counts of making terrorist threats, and delaying or obstructing an investigation. He will be booked into the Kern County Jail.

4/30/2015 3:51 PM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested for Murder
Details:  On April 24th, 2015 at about 10:40 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Kern Valley Substation responded to a home in the 1700 block of Curran Avenue in Lake Isabella for an assault in progress. When deputies arrived they located 48 year old Kirk Haag suffering from major injuries. Haag was transported by ambulance to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield where he was listed in critical condition. Detectives responded and initiated an investigation due to the severity of Haag’s injuries. Detectives were able to determine that Haag had been physically assaulted by 31 year old Raymond Tenorio at the home. Tenorio had fled the residence prior to deputies arriving. Detectives also determined that both Haag and Tenorio had been living at the home when the assault occurred. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Tenorio charging him with attempted murder. Detectives were able to develop information that Tenorio had possibly fled to the Oxnard, CA area. The Oxnard Police Department was notified, and on April 29th at about 7:00 pm Oxnard police officers located Tenorio and arrested him without incident. Later that evening Haag was pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center. Sheriff’s Office detectives took custody of Tenorio and booked him into the Kern County Jail for first degree murder. He is being held without bail.

4/29/2015 4:07 PM
Subject:  Suspects arrested for stealing a vehicle belonging to a farm labor contractor.
Details:  Details: On April 26, 2015, deputies from the Delano Substation were dispatched to the area of Lerdo Highway and Quality Road in regards to a vehicle being stolen from a farm labor contractor. Deputies learned several subjects had been recently released from the Lerdo Detention facility. The recently released subjects approached a bystander and requested to use a cell phone. While one subject was speaking to the bystander, three female subjects stole a vehicle and fled east on Lerdo Highway. Metro Patrol deputies located the stolen vehicle abandoned in the area of Flightpath Way and Highway 65. Deputies located three female subjects matching the description of the suspects who stole the vehicle near where the vehicle was abandoned. The females were identified as VALERIE GARCIA (35), of Bakersfield, HELEN ESTRADA (27), of Bakersfield, and STACY FRENCH (44), of Bakersfield. The investigation revealed the females had recently been released from the Lerdo Detention Facility and had stolen the vehicle. All three were arrested and booked into the Kern County Central Receiving Facility for VC 10851(a), grand theft auto, and PC 496d(a), possession of stolen vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

4/28/2015 2:33 PM
Subject:  Taft deputies arrest a Taft resident for robbing a Maricopa teen
Details:  On 4/12/2015 at about 12:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a robbery that occurred in the area of Green Street and Hazelton Street in Maricopa. Deputies learned that a male 17-year old Maricopa resident had been riding his skateboard on Hazelton Street. An 18-year old Ford City resident was driving his vehicle in the area. The driver parked on the corner of Green Street and Hazelton Street. The passenger in the vehicle, 19-year old Taft resident NICHOLAS BETHELL, got out of the vehicle, approached the victim, and initiated a conversation. During the conversation, BETHELL punched the victim in the face and stole the victim’s skateboard. BETHELL got back into the vehicle and the vehicle fled from the scene. At the time of the report, BETHELL’s identify was unknown. Over the following two weeks, deputies were able to identify BETHELL as the suspect who punched the victim and stole the skateboard. On 4/26/2015 at about 10:15 am, a Taft Police Department Officer assisted deputies in locating BETHELL. BETHELL was arrested for first degree robbery for the skateboard theft and for an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. BETHELL was booked into the Taft City. A criminal complaint is also being submitted to the District Attorney’s Office requesting charges against the driver of the vehicle for conspiracy and first degree robbery. This investigation is ongoing.

4/28/2015 1:39 PM
Subject:  Taft Substation detective arrests 22-year old for having sex with a 14-year old
Details:  On April 23, 2015 a detective from the Sheriff’s Taft Substation investigated a report of a 22-year old having sex with a 14-year old. During the investigation the detective learned that 22-year old South Taft resident ISAIS PEREZ-JACINTO was involved in a seven month dating relationship with a 14-year old girl. PEREZ-JACINTO was arrested and transported Taft City Jail where he was booked for two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (more than 3 years younger).

4/28/2015 7:54 AM
Subject:  Press Conference
Details:   PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DISTRIBUTION OF OVER $1 MILLION IN FORFEITED PROCEEDS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner will present two checks at a press conference at the Kern County Sheriff’s Office auditorium, 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield, on Thursday, April 30 at 10:00 AM. The checks will be presented to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Bakersfield Police Department as part of an equitable sharing agreement. Members of the media who wish to attend the press conference should arrive no later than 9:45 AM to set up. For questions please call Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592 or email at pruittr@kernsheriff.com

4/27/2015 4:59 PM
Subject:  Suspect arrested for possession of stolen property belonging to a local oilfield company
Details:  Details: On April 24, 2015 detectives with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigations Unit served search warrants in two separate locations in Bakersfield. Rural Crime detectives obtained probable cause to believe RYAN YORBA (32) from Bakersfield, was in possession of stolen property. On April 22, 2015, RYAN YORBA was arrested by the Bakersfield Police Department for possession of a stolen truck, which was reported to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. In the bed of the truck, Rural Crime detectives discovered a stolen Miller welder, worth approximately $38,000.00. The Miller welder was reported stolen by a local oilfield company. Rural Crime detectives served a search warrant in the 6800 block of Fishback Avenue in Bakersfield, CA. During the search warrant, a stolen truck was recovered. The second search warrant was served in the 4100 block of Wood Lane. During the service of that search warrant, detectives located several items of stolen property from three separate cases. Detectives also located ammunition and a trailer with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) removed. RYAN YORBA is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing ammunition. The total amount of recovered property was worth over $75,000. The following charges were added to RYAN YORBA’s booking: PC 496(a), possession of stolen property more than $950.00, PC 496d(a), possession of stolen vehicle, VC 10751(a), possession of vehicle/trailer with altered or removed identification number, and PC 30305(a), felon in possession of ammunition. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

4/27/2015 2:21 PM
Subject:  Taft deputies arrest 19 year old for selling drugs to a 13 year old
Details:  On April 19, 2015 while investigating a report of an out of control juvenile in Ford City area, deputies learned that 19 year old RUBICEL MARROQUIN of Ford City had been selling drugs to a minor. During the course of deputies’ six day investigation they learned that over a one month period of time, MARROQUIN sold marijuana and Xanax to a 13-year old female at least five separate times. On April 25, 2015 at about 6:30 p.m., deputies arrested MARROQUIN for selling marijuana, selling marijuana to a minor, unlawfully selling Xanax, and being an adult while selling a controlled substance to minor. MARROQUIN was booked into the Taft City Jail.

4/26/2015 11:40 PM
Subject:  Deputies investigate a report of a shooting in East Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On April 26, 2015 at approximately 10:08pm, deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office went to the area of Dublin Manor Court and Guinness Way in Bakersfield to investigate a report of a shooting. Deputies arrived and found 18 year-old Ulises Alvarez of Bakersfield suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen. Alvarez told deputies he was walking in the area with several friends when he was approached by three black males in a black colored late model Chevy Cavalier sedan. A black male suspect wearing a dark colored trench coat got out of the vehicle and fired numerous rounds from a rifle towards Alvarez and the other subjects. Alvarez was struck by one round. Alvarez was transported to Kern Medical Center where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The three black male suspects fled the area in the vehicle and were not located. No one else was reported to be injured during the incident. 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.

4/25/2015 6:07 AM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff's Office investigating assault in Lake Isabella
Details:  Details:On April 24, 2015, at 10:40 PM, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1700 block of Curran Avenue in Lake Isabella for an assault in progress. Deputies arrived and located 48 year old Kirk Haag suffering from major injuries. Haag was transported to Kern Medical Center in critical condition. The suspect in this incident was identified as Haag's roommate, 31 year old Raymond Tenorio. Tenorio fled the scene prior to deputies arrival and has not been located. Detectives were called out to investigate the incident. 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.