BPD SWAT/Bomb Squad respond to Central Bakersfield standoff, suspect arrested

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 19:59:55-05

UPDATE (January 30, 2017 4:45 p.m.): Police found and arrested the suspect, Joseph Fuentes, in an apartment adjacent to that which the officers believed him to be in. He was found in the possession of numerous weapons including rifles and high capacity magazines.

Fuentes was booked on charges of criminal threats, stalking, and weapons violations.


UPDATE (January 30, 2017 1:30p.m.): Officials did not find the suspect inside even though they were under the impression he was inside after speaking with him earlier. They are working to locate the suspect, according to BPD.


UPDATE (January 30, 2017 12:00 p.m.): According to Bakersfield Police the suspect in the stand off is Joseph Fuentes, 22.

Fuentes is wanted for stalking and criminal threat charges that were called in by a woman. Police were unsure if the woman was his girlfriend or wife. 

BPD responded to the call around 10 or 11 p.m. Sunday night and called in the bomb squad and SWAT around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Fuentes did not come out of the home, prompting the call out of SWAT and bomb squad.

Officers believe he is armed.

Negotiations are underway at this time. 


Bakersfield Police Department SWAT/BOMB Squad is on scene in central Bakersfield.

Officers are in the areas of Isla Verde and W. Columbus St. Roads have been closed in the area. 

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.