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BPD: Matthew Queen facing additional weapon violation charge

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 20:05:06-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield police have added a new charge to a man who ran from cops on Monday triggering a two-hour standoff at the Kern River.

Officials say 42-year-old Matthew Queen is currently facing kidnapping, resisting arrest and weapons charges has now been charged with an additional violation.

Bakersfield Police Department detectives responded to the area of 2900 Buck Owens Boulevard for follow-up related to the investigation.

Cops say there is a large construction site in this area where Queen was initially ran from officers. According to BPD, a search of Queen’s assigned work area revealed he was in possession of an additional firearm.

Queen’s charges have been changed to include the additional weapons violation.

Queen reportedly has ties to the missing woman and member of the Bakersfield 3, Baylee Despot who was reported missing last April.

Queen is currently not suspected of being involved in her disappearance at this time, however, the mothers of the Bakersfield 3 attended his last court appearance.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is being asked to call Detective Garrett at (661) 326-3504, the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 326-7111, or Kern Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.