Bakersfield man arrested for allegedly stealing motorcycle, fighting deputy

Bail on open charges set for $15K


A man was arrested on Friday after officials suspected him to have a stolen motorcycle.

On Feb. 1, at about 5 p.m., a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy tried to talk to a suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Stephan Matthew Vantassel, who was believed to be in possession of a stolen motorcycle.

The deputy said he approached Vantassel, who then fled from the deputy into the 700 block of Woodrow Ave.

The deputy said he chased Vantassel and caught him.

According to reports, Vantassel then fought the deputy and during the struggle was able to break free and run away. A search of the area was then conducted.

The abandoned motorcycle was confirmed by the Kern County Sheriff's office to be stolen.

Officials said Vantassel was located hiding in a nearby unsecured garage. The property owner did not know Vantassel or give him permission to be in the garage.

Officials said, Vantassel resisted arrest and failed to comply with the deputy sheriff’s orders to surrender.

A Kern County Sheriff's canine was brought in to assist in apprehending Vantassel.

According to officials, Vantassel was bit in the arm and immediately surrendered.

Vantassel was taken into custody without further incident.

Officials said Vantassel was treated for the dog bite and taken to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility for booking.

Vantassel was booked for a parole violation with no bail, possession of a stolen vehicle and resist or obstruct a peace officer.

The bail on the open charges is currently set at $15,000.00.

Authorities said, no deputies were injured during this incident.

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