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Bakersfield Police officially requests Kings County DA to file domestic abuse charge against Asst. Police Chief

Posted at 3:46 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 11:32:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department said that it has requested charges to be filed against one of its assistant police chiefs who was arrested last week for an alleged domestic violence incident.

According to BPD, the department has officially submitted Evan Demestihas' case to Kings County DA and is recommending one count of domestic abuse charge.

Officials said on September 4 around 12 a.m. officers were called to The VIP Lounge's parking lot located on California Avenue for a welfare check on a woman. Investigators found that the woman was a victim of a domestic violence incident involving Demestihas.

On Wednesday, officials obtained an arrest warrant for Demestihas for a felony charge of Domestic Assault. He surrendered himself to the Taft City jail and has been booked.

BPD confirmed that Demestihas will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.