2021 Total Homicides: 13

Christina Armendariz, 45

Date: 2021-02-16
Case Number: Pending
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93215
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Delano Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Christina Armendariz, a 45-year-old mother of 5, was killed by gunfire the night of Feb. 16 on the 300 block of Asti Street in Delano. A 24-year-old man was wounded, but his exact condition was not released by the Delano Police Department. If you have any information, call the Delano Police Department at (661) 721-3377 or the Delano Police Department Tipline at (661) 721-3369.

Joel Santos Maldonado, 30

Date: 2021-02-05
Case Number: C00779-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 627 Austin Street, Delano (map)
Zip Code: 93215
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Delano Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: According to the Delano Police Department, Joel Santos Maldonado was visiting the North Kern Cemetery District when some form of altercation occurred, and Maldonado was shot to death. Anyone with more information about potential suspects can contact the Department at (661) 721-3356. Tips can be left anonymously.
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Chad Tyler Reeves, 31

Date: 2021-01-29
Case Number: C00660-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: Chad Tyler Reeves was shot in the parking lot of Foods Co. in East Bakersfield. He was taken to a hospital and died at the scene. A suspect, 31-year-old Adrian Sanchez, was arrested in the case.
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Michael Gonzalez, 34

Date: 2021-01-17
Case Number: C00379-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 100 block of B Street, Arvin (map)
Zip Code: 93203
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Arvin Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Michael Gonzalez was shot by another at the above-mentioned location. He was pronounced deceased on scene.
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Scottie Tripp, 28

Date: 2021-01-16
Case Number: C00358-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93309
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: The Bakersfield Police Department said at around 5:25 a.m., officers were sent to the area of Taylor Street near Belle Terrace after receiving reports of a shooting in the area. When officers arrived, Scottie Tripp was found and pronounced dead.
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Vladimir Sanchez, 27

Date: 2021-01-15
Case Number: C00356-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Bakersfield police say Vladimir Sanchez was shot while in a car with another person on Meeks Avenue. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. Sanchez was a father and several people who knew him described as a caring friend who was always quick to help them, with a strong sense of humor, making the brazen shooting more shocking for them.

The second victim is listed as stable in the hospital.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the department at 661-327-7111.

Mubarek Saleh Alnajar, 30

Date: 2021-01-13
Case Number: C00308-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: Officers were called to an apartment complex in the area for a report of a shooting victim at around 9:50 p.m. Mubarek Saleh Alnajar was found under a vehicle in an alley with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

About a week later, police arrested 39-year-old Lucifer Pierce in connection to Alnajar's death.
Anyone with more information can call BPD at (661) 327-7111.
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Sierra Elizabeth Castilleja-Riemer, 22

Date: 2021-01-10
Case Number: C00230-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 1700 Custer Ave, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93304
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Two people were shot on the 1700 block of Custer Avenue in South Bakersfield and later died at the hospital. No arrests were made and no suspects have been announced

Ramon Rodriguez Muro, 24

Date: 2021-01-10
Case Number: C00226-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 1700 Custer Ave, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93304
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Two people were shot on the 1700 block of Custer Avenue in South Bakersfield and later died at the hospital. No arrests were made and no suspects have been announced
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Luise Ramirez, 45

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00022-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 501 Colony St, Bakersfield, (map)
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed
Incident: Luise Ramirez is one of two men killed in a shooting at the Vagabond Inn on Colony Street in south Bakersfield, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Ramirez and Rudie Casillas were found dead in one of the rooms. Bakersfield Police announced Mario Velasquez and Omar Uranda were arrested and accused of murder in the case.
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Rudie Rene Casillas, 39

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00023-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 501 Colony St, Bakersfield, (map)
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed.
Incident: Rudie Casillas is one of two men killed in a shooting at the Vagabond Inn on Colony Street in south Bakersfield, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Casillas and Luise Ramirez were found dead in one of the rooms. Bakersfield Police announced Mario Velasquez and Omar Uranda were arrested and accused of murder in the case.

Ruben Vega, 34

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00018-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Ruben Vega had only been released from prison less than a week before someone shot him outside a home on Oregon Street in East Bakersfield. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Vega's girlfriend said the two had already made plans to help him find a job and get back on his feet after he had served his sentence. She described Vega as a loving man and someone quick to help friends in need.

Over a month later KCSO arrested Michael Alex Gonzales following a pursuit in East Bakersfield, when the vehicle he was in crashed in the area of Haley and Columbus streets. Another person in the car was taken into custody while Gonzales' brother, Andrew Gonzales, is still wanted. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact KCSO at 861-3110.

Oscar Ortiz Cervantes, 41

Date: 2021-01-01
Case Number: C03938-20
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93306
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: KCSO said deputies were called to the 5400 block of Rosewood Avenue for a report of a shooting at around 10:49 p.m. One man was found with severe gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead at the scene.

No information about a possible suspect was immediately available.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.