Bail Bondsmen Slaying Suspect Arrested

Police: SWAT Standoff Leads to Peaceful Surrender

The man wanted in connection with the murder of two bail bondsmen brothers was arrested early Saturday morning, according to Bakersfield Police.

Sgt. Mary DeGeare said police located Stephen Michael Stewart, 26, at a home on Talisman Drive and East F Street at 7 a.m.

Stewart was identified as responsible for the killings of Bad Dog Bail Bonds Agents Brandon and Zachary Sims on Thursday at 7812 Kamloops Drive, DeGeare said.

The brothers worked for their father who owned the family-owned bail bonds business.

After the brothers were shot and killed, DeGeare said Stewart and another man were seen fleeing the home, Stewart in a light blue sedan and the other man on foot.

The other man, who was identified by Bakersfield police as 25-year-old Zachary Perrick has since been arrested.

Perrick returned to the home Friday morning and was arrested on a warrant charging him with possession of drugs. Perrick lived at the home at 7812 Kamloops Drive.

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  • Officers asked Stewart to surrender Saturday morning, and when he refused, the SWAT team was called out to assist in his arrest.

    At 9:30 a.m., Stewart surrendered and exited the home with his hands up.

    Mario Melendez, 42, an unidentified man and two unidentified women were in the home during the standoff, and were taken into custody for questioning.

    DeGeare said Melendez was arrested on a federal warrant.

    Stewart is being charged with two counts of murder, along with possession of a firearm.

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