Police Searching For Men Accused Of Killing Security Guard

1 Arrested In Los Angeles

A security guard is dead and the Kern County Sheriff's Department is still looking for two Hispanic men they believe carried out the deadly shooting.

Around 9 p.m. on July 18, deputies were called out to Mercado Latino in East Bakersfield to reports of a shooting.

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  • A security guard from one of the restaurants, identified as Francisco Flores, 34, was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the business.

    According to the sheriff's department, Flores asked one of the men to leave a restaurant earlier in the evening because he had become belligerent.

    The man left and returned about an hour later with a group of men who then fired at the security guard.

    The security guard was armed but it's unknown whether he was able to fire his gun.

    Throughout the next several weeks, homicide detectives said, they were able to identify three people in connection with the killing.

    On Aug. 10, detectives were able to obtain no-bail arrest warrants charging murder and conspiracy for Jesus Aragon, Jose Torres and Juan Vasquez.

    On Friday, Aragon was arrested on narcotics charges by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He is currently in custody in Los Angeles on narcotics charges and is also being held on the no-bail arrest warrant charging murder and conspiracy in connection to the security guard case. The other two men are still at large.

    If anyone recognizes Aragon and has information regarding his involvement or participation in the shooting, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

  • Torres, 33, is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He is said to have brown hair, brown eyes and his last known address is 2806 Potomac St.
  • Vasquez, 18, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds. He is said to have brown hair, brown eyes and his last known address is 2040 Robinson St.
  • Authorities said both men should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. They should not be approached. If you have information about their whereabouts, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.
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