BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Bakersfield Police Department said it arrested four people in connection to an altercation caught on video between two groups back in November.
According to BPD, the following people were arrested and charged in connection to this case:
- Kevin Connell (28): Conspiracy, robbery, civil rights violations, possession/use of tear gas with a prior felony and challenging to fight in public.
- Kristi Stewart (42): Conspiracy, civil rights violation, assault and challenging to fight.
- Timothy Stevens (30): Conspiracy, civil rights violation and challenging to fight.
- Dustin Marion (34): Conspiracy, civil rights violation, challenging to fight and stalking.
The incident took place on Nov. 1. BPD said it was alerted to a video making rounds on social media showing a confrontation between two groups. The confrontation on Panama Lane involved two groups of 10 people each.
Officers were called and kept the peace separating the two groups who eventually dispersed.
BPD said on the night of the incident officers did not see any "physical altercation" between the groups nor did they find anyone requesting medical aid, or the person who said they were the victim of "bear spray."
After completing an investigation including witness statements, review of various video evidence, search warrants and a review of the totality of the circumstances of the criminal offense, BPD came to its conclusion and passed along the investigation to the Kern County District Attorney's Office for charges.
"We are committed to investigating all alleged crimes as objectively and impartially as possible," BPD said.