BPD: 2 men arrested after armed robbery in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On August 5 at 10 a.m., Bakersfield police officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Connie Avenue regarding an armed robbery.

When officers arrived they contacted the victim who told them while he was walking home he was approached by two people, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

The vicim said both suspects were in a white pickup truck.

Officer Richard Robles observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the area of White Lane and South H Street.

Officer Robles stopped the vehicle and detained the driver, 23-year-old James Alva of Bakersfield while the passenger fled on foot. Officer Robles located a sawed-off shotgun in the truck.

The passenger, 23-year-old Luis Reyes of Bakersfield, was located a short time later in a nearby neighborhood after a search that included the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

Police said Alva was arrested for robbery, participation in a criminal street gang, conspiracy, driving on a suspended license and multiple weapons violations. Reyes was arrested for robbery, participation in a criminal street gang, conspiracy, resisting arrest, parole violation and multiple weapons violations.

Both were booked into the Kern County Jail.

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