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BPD: Jeremy King arrested in South Bakersfield, charged with murder of Kason Guyton

Jeremy King
Tanesa Thomas
Tanesa Thomas and Jeremy King
Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2021-04-12 16:50:34-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: Bakersfield police arrested Jeremy King just before 11 p.m. Thursday night near South H Street and Hadar Road.

King was wanted in the connection to the death of Kason Guyton, a five-year-old, who was killed riding in the back seat of a car alongside his 7-year-old brother on February 23, 2017. Kason and his brother, BJ, were both hit by bullets. The brother survived, but Kason did not. King was one of three men wanted in the shooting death.

He was spotted early Wednesday morning but fled from the police. King was booked into the county jail on 8 felony count charges, including first-degree murder, and is being held without bail. He is due in court on Monday.

Previous Story: Early Wednesday morning, the Bakersfield Police Department attempted to arrest a suspect wanted in connection to the death of five-year-old Kason Guyton.

According to the BPD, officers observed Jeremy King as the passenger in a red Dodge Charger.

Police attempted to stop the car on Hughes Lane and South Myrtle Street, but the driver of the car, Tanesa Thomas got away from officers.

BPD said when cops were finally able to stop the car, King had already fled the scene. Officers decided not to pursue King because of public safety concerns.

Thomas was arrested and charged "as an accessory after the fact, based on her actions that directly aided King escaping capture," BPD said.

Police said they are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to King's arrest.

"The Bakersfield Police Department reminds the public that King is wanted for murder, and he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Gavin at (661) 326-3557, the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 326-7111, or Kern Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040."