BPD: Man arrested for kidnapping charges

Posted at 5:13 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 21:43:16-05

Bakersfield Police Department released this following statement: 

On March 10, 2016 at about 10:58 a.m. the Bakersfield Police Department began receiving reports of a suspicious person in the 500 block of Homemaker Place, who was described as an African American male, bleeding from the hand. A citizen reported the subject was hiding beneath a residence on Homemaker Place, then jumped over a fence to a residence in the 500 block of 28th Street.

A second call was received from a citizen who reported a similarly described subject had run through the rear yard of a residence on 28th Street.

A third call was received from a citizen who reported a similarly described subject had entered another residence on 28th Street, where he attempted to kidnap a four-year-old female.

Neighbors and family members were able to rescue the child as the suspect fled. During the attempted kidnapping the four-year-old sustained a non-life threatening injury and was treated at a local hospital.

Responding officers located a subject who matched the description provided in the 500 block of 28th Street, and detained him without incident.

The subject, Clarence Dupree (32), was identified as the subject reported in the preceding 9-1-1 calls.

Subsequent investigation revealed Dupree had entered a storage shed in the 500 block of 28th Street and removed property.

Dupree was confronted by the homeowner and a struggle ensued. After Dupree fled, he attempted to strike a female citizen with a metal pole.

The investigation also revealed Dupree tried to grab a six-year-old female after he attempted to kidnap the four-year-old. Family members were able to rescue the second juvenile.

Dupree exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of “Spice”, commonly marketed as “Aromatic Potpourri.” Dupree was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Following medical clearance, Dupree was booked into the Kern County Jail for multiple charges including Child Endangerment, Burglary, Battery, Battery with Great Bodily Injury, Malicious Mischief, and Kidnapping.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.