BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
One suspect is in custody after a Lucky 7 store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.
On Nov. 29, at about 1:49 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at the Lucky 7 Market at 1825 E. California Ave. in east Bakersfield.
The caller indicated the suspects were five black males dressed in dark clothing wearing dark hats. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The loss was currency.
As the suspects fled the store witnesses were able to obtain a description and license plate number of a vehicle the suspects used to flee.
A few minutes later deputies assigned to the gang suppression unit observed the vehicle traveling southbound in the 600 block of Williams Street. Deputies followed the vehicle to the east alley of Martin Luther King Blvd. at Virginia Ave. and stopped the vehicle in the east alley.
The vehicle was occupied by the driver and sole occupant, who was identified as 40-year-old Mark Louden.
Deputies detained Louden at the vehicle stop and a short time later he was positively identified by witnesses as one of the suspects involved in the robbery.
The firearm was not recovered.
Louden was arrested for armed robbery.
The four other suspects were not located.
The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.