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Bakersfield Police Department releases 9-1-1 call that led to delayed response to Blue Oak Coffee Roasting

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 19:32:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — We're getting our first listen to a "miscategorized" 9-1-1 call that led to a delayed police response for reports of a man threatening to rape employees at a local coffee shop.

Blue Oak Coffee Roasting 9-1-1 Call

It took officers more than two hours to show up to the scene. The call came in from Blue Oak Coffee Roasting at 6:50 a.m. on April 5th, but officers didn't respond to the scene until after 9 a.m., more than two hours later.

According to a Facebook post by Blue Oak Coffee Roasting, a customer was buying a transient man coffee one morning. One of the owners of the coffee shop, Benadette Sebastiani said that after the customer bought the man coffee, the transient man began acting strangely and at this point, he began to threaten those within the store. Blue Oak Coffee Roasting says the transient man then tried to rob the shop and "told us he was going to rape us."

The man was later identified as Joshua Harris and he was arrested. He pleaded no contest to a felony assault charge earlier this month and is expected to be sentenced in July.

Chief Lyle Martin personally visited Blue Oak Coffee Roasting to offer an apology to employees for the late response.