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Court docs reveal more information on bomb threat suspect

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 31, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-26 00:40:33-05

UPDATE (January 25, 2018 9:40 p.m.): According to court documents, on Dec. 31st Ronald Burt called the Kern County Sheriff's Office and told them he had a "small bomb". Deputies were dispatched to 5200 Olive Tree Court at the Best Economy Inn Suite. 

The inn was evacuated and a perimeter was set up. After an hours-long standoff Burt was arrested without incident. 

After searching the room, officers were able to determine there was no bomb inside, according to court documents. 

Court documents revealed a BB gun was found on the bathroom floor of the room. 

In an interview with a friend of Burt's it was revealed that Burt had said he wanted to pull a prank but wanted it to be on the news for his mom and dad to watch, according to court documents. 

Burt had also apparently told his mom he was going to be "shot by cops or go to prison". Court documents also revealed Burt had wanted a fake hostage for his plan. 


UPDATE (Jan. 24 -- 10:49 a.m.) According to a warrant processed for the suspect's cellphone and the black BB gun found, Ronald Aleen Burt told dispatchers he was "ready to go down."

He told CHP dispatchers he didn't want officers to rush him because he had a bomb.

Burt told deputies who arrived at the scene that he wanted an apology from his family members and refused to come out of the room.


UPDATE: (Jan. 3 -- 10:10 a.m.) The suspect in Sunday's barricade situation has been identified as 56-year-old Ronald Aleen Burt. He was been arrested for making a false bomb threat and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday Jan. 3.


ORIGINAL: The Kern County Sheriff's Office is responding after a bomb threat was reported in northwest Bakersfield.

KCSO says they got a call about a man with a bomb in a hotel room just before 2 p.m. on Sunday; the subject then proceeded to barricade himself inside the Best Economy Inn and Suites. Evacuations are in place at that hotel and the Sleep Inn.

Crisis negotiators are in communication with the man. SWAT and bomb squad crews are also on scene. The California Highway Patrol is helping with road closures; part of Knudsen Dr. is currently shut down.

It's unknown if the bomb threat is credible at this time. We have a crew on scene, check back for updates.