Arrest made in Fallen Officer Memorial vandalism

Salvador Ibarra
Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 19:32:58-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the vandalism of a memorial to fallen police officers in Bakersfield.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Salvador Ibarra was arrested Wednesday afternoon for his involvement in the vandalism of the Fallen Officer Memorial during the George Floyd protests that took place in the city between May 29th and June 1st.

Floyd died on Memorial Day after then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held a knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, likely causing his death. Chauvin has been charged with homicide, and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting a homicide.

Ibarra faces charges of defacing a police memorial, vandalism, possession of vandalism tools, conspiracy, and for an unrelated arrest warrant.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or Detective J. Perez at (661) 326-3593.

Anyone with evidence related to the assaults, vandalism, or other criminal offenses that occurred between May 29 and June 1 at the protest events is encouraged to submit it to the Bakersfield Police Department.