Bakersfield Police officers arrested a man and a woman Wednesday after stopping their vehicle and finding a loaded firearm and body armor, police said.
During the course of the arrest, one of the passengers, 36-year-old Michael Fritz, attempted to assault an officer with a hypodermic needle, the police department said in a news release.
Fritz was arrested on multiple felony charges, including assault on a police officer, felon in possession of body armor, firearm- and gang-related charges. Mary Ochoa, 39, who was also in the car, was arrested for stolen property possession, conspiracy and firearms charges.
Officers were unarmed during the arrest.
Bakersfield police arrested a 30-year-old felon Wednesday who stole a vehicle and led officers on a pursuit throughout East Bakersfield, police officials said.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, Porfirio Fonseca Jr., was charged on suspicion of grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading arrest, hit and run and reckless driving.
The pursuit began when officers attempted to stop Fonseca at about 9:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Baker Street. The driver fled, leading police on a pursuit throughout east Bakersfield that included at least one collision ,with a parked car.
A Kern County Sheriff’s Air Unit responded and took over the pursuit.
Fonseca then abandoned his vehicle and was picked up by another car, police said.
Officers stopped that car and took Fonseca into custody.
Officers arrested a 41-year-old man Wednesday who led police on a short pursuit after he opened fire on another man, police officials said.
The other man was not struck by the gunfire.
The suspect, Hekima Perry, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, firearms violations, evading arrest and participating in a criminal street gang.
Officers attempted to stop Perry after they heard gunshots at about 4:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Northrup Street, but he drove away. He later collided with a fence and was arrested.
Kern County Coroner’s officials identified a 67-year-old McFarland man who died last month after being bit by a train as Benjamin Galvan Baez.
Baez was struck by a Union Pacific train at about 11 p.m. Nov. 24 at mile post 287.5 in McFarland. His official cause of death is multiple blunt force trauma. His death was deemed an accident.