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2 arrested after body found inside burned-out car in East Bakersfield

Posted at 9:18 AM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 12:49:53-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has announced two arrests in a murder investigation.

Albert Castillo, 26, and Samuel Rivas, 34, were arrested after a body was found inside a burned-out vehicle in East Bakersfield on Dec. 20, sheriff's officials said.

The Bakersfield Police Department launched an investigation in the 1300 block of Virginia Avenue after the car was found burned with the victim inside, according to KCSO.

The coroner identified the victim as Rickey Ricardo Rivas. A postmortem examination was conducted, and the coroner found that the cause of death for the 32-year-old was multiple gunshot wounds.

One day later, it was determined that the homicide actually occurred in the 3100 block of Monterey Street, which is in the unincorporated area of Kern County, before the victim was taken to Virginia Avenue, officials stated. Sheriff's homicide detectives then assumed the investigation.

Castillo was arrested on Dec. 22, while Rivas was arrested four days later. Both men were booked into jail.

Castillo faces charges of first-degree murder, arson causing great bodily injury and destroying/concealing evidence, jail records show. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Records show Rivas faces charges of first-degree murder, arson causing great bodily injury, conspiracy to commit a crime and destroying/concealing evidence. His bail has been set at $1.5 million.