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KCSO detains nearly two dozen people from internet cafe in east Bakersfield

Posted at 10:13 AM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 20:56:38-05

UPDATE (February 8, 2018 3:15 p.m.): Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 200 block of White Lane at around 9:15, Thursday morning, after receiving reports of a man armed with a gun. 

The suspect was described as a male, in his mid-twenties, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, according to KCSO. 

The person who reported the incident to police said they saw the suspect place the gun in his sweatshirt.

After clearing, and inspecting the building, officers on scene were unable to locate the man, however, they did find a gray hooded sweatshirt inside. 

Deputies have not made an arrest at this time and are not searching for anyone.


Nearly 20 people were detained Thursday morning from an internet cafe in South Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

KCSO responded to reports of an armed man inside the internet cafe on South Union Avenue and White Lane. 

South High School, Plantation Elementary and Leo G. Pauly Elementary were on lockdown as deputies worked to clear the internet cafe.

No one was found armed inside the business, and the lockdowns were lifted shortly after noon.  

Deputies arrived on scene and said several people were inside the cafe. Around 20 people were detained by 10:30 a.m.  

KCSO said this was not a hostage situation and were not calling it a standoff.

No one had been shot, KCSO said. No gun, nor shell casings were found.