Two in custody, one outstanding suspect after Monday evening robbery in East Bakersfield

Posted at 10:04 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 17:07:21-04

Kern County Sheriff's department is looking for a suspect in connection with a robbery on Monday night.

Juliet Thorner Elementary School was locked down on Tuesday morning due to reports of a man matching the suspect's description just west of the school.

On Monday night, around 8:30 p.m., three armed suspects robbed a man in his front yard near Edwards Avenue, just north of College Avenue. The suspects then fled the scene in a gold Honda Civic.

A short time later, deputies located the vehicle near Quincy Street and Beale Avenue. They attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began.

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Deputies chased the vehicle to the area of Morning Drive and Highway 178 where the Honda Civic was involved in a traffic accident. According to Lieutenant Bill Smallwood of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, there was a perimeter in place in East Bakersfield near Morning Drive and Auburn Street after the hree suspects fled on foot. Two of those three suspects were taken into custody.

21-year-old Maurice Hill  was arrested for robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, brandishing a replica firearm and participating in a criminal street gang, while 20-year-old Jose Luis Fernandez was arrested for robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, brandishing a replica firearm, participating in a criminal street gang, felony evading, delaying and obstructing and several outstanding warrants. They are both from the Delano area.

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Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m., KCSO received a call of someone matching the missing suspect's description in a backyard just west of Thorner Elementary. The lockdown was lifted after KCSO shared they do not believe the suspect is still in the area.

The outstanding suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 6'0" and 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

A pellet gun was found last night when the two suspects were arrested and KCSO believes the last suspect is armed.

If anyone has information, please call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.