Police: Man used machete to rob Ming Avenue convenience store

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating an early-morning robbery and carjacking in Southwest Bakersfield.

Just after 1 a.m. Friday BPD responded to the AMPM on Ming Avenue.

Officers said a man with a machete robbed the business of money and merchandise.

The suspect stole the clerk's car and drove off, officials said.

About 30 minutes later, Officer Ryan Maxwell located the vehicle traveling northbound on Union Avenue, officials said.

The vehicle was stopped at Union Avenue and 19th Street where the driver exited the vehicle in possession of a machete and a kitchen knife, officials said.

The driver, Jorge Morales, 28, of Bakersfield, was ultimately taken into custody. He was arrested for carjacking, robbery, and a parole violation, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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