Lockdown for multiple Bakersfield schools lifted, deputies arrest two suspects

Posted at 7:57 AM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 14:17:56-05

UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2017, 11:11 a.m.): Around 7:27 a.m., Kern County Sheriff's deputies went to Park Drive, just south of Foothill High School, due to reports of a man with a gun in the area.

When deputies arrived, they discovered the suspect, 27-year-old Carlos Velasquez, had fled the area on foot and ran into a property on Eucalpytus Drive, which led to a lockdown and search of the area.

Deputies, along with assistance from a Bakersfield Police Department K-9 unit, began searching the area where he was last seen and found him hiding in a trailer. He was taken into custody without incident. A loaded handgun that had been discarded during Velasquez's flee was located near the trailer.

49-year-old Kenneth Macklin, a second suspect, was detained after he tried to drive away from the area where Velasquez had first been seen with the gun. When deputies searched Macklin's vehicle, they discovered ammunition, suspected heroin and burglary tools. Macklin had driven Velasquez to the area and attempted to drive away when KCSO arrived.

Velasquez was arrested for felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public and possession of paraphernalia. Macklin was arrested for felon in possession of ammunition, possesssion of heroin, transportation of heroin and possession of burglary tools.

They were both placed in the Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility.


UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m.): According to a KCSO deputy, there were four suspects arrested in relation to the lockdown at multiple Bakersfield schools.

Deputies confiscated weapons and ammo about a block away from Foothill High School in the area of Eucalyptus and Denison Lane.


UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2017, 8:44 a.m.): The lockdown at Foothill High School, Voorhies and the Ruggenberg Career Center has been lifted.


UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2017, 8:15 a.m.): Voorhies is on lockdown as well.

The Ruggenberg Career Center on Pioneer Drive and Ansol Lane is also on lockdown.

There have been no updates from KCSO.


UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2017, 8:00 a.m.): Kern County Sheriff's Office searching for a man with a gun in the area near Foothill High School.

Deputies are now searching the area for the suspect.


According to the school, Foothill High School has been put on lockdown.

There has been no information as to why.

This story is developing.