BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Saturday, at about 6:45 p.m., Bakersfield police officers were sent to the Ready Go Market, 1600 Valhalla Dr. regarding a possible assault with a deadly weapon and robbery to the business.
Officers were advised of a separate robbery that had just occurred at 1401 McDonald Way, approximately one block from the Ready GO Market.
The suspects in both offenses had similar descriptions, and the weapon used in both offenses was described as a large machete.
As officers began arriving on scene, the victim from the robbery on McDonald Way saw one of the suspects riding a bicycle in the area and was able to direct officers to his location.
Officers arrested 18-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, of Bakersfield, and said that he was carrying items related to the second robbery.
A short time later officials said they found a second person, a 14-year-old, who was arrested, and the weapon recovered.
The investigation revealed that both suspects were engaged in an argument with the owner of the Ready Go Market, when Sanchez produced a machete, striking the owner and causing a large laceration to the victim’s right hand. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance for treatment, according to officials.
After fleeing the market, both suspects encountered the second victim in the laundry room of the apartment complex on McDonald Way. Sanchez brandished the machete, as they demanded the victim hand over his money, according to officials.
Sanchez was taken to the Kern County Jail and arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.
The other teen, was taken to Juvenile Hall and he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.
Anyone who may have witnessed either offense is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.