UPDATE: KCSO arrests suspect in fatal Wasco stabbing

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UPDATE (June 3): The suspect in the Wasco stabbing was arrested last week, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today.

On Friday at around 8:30 p.m., deputies located and arrested 28-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega. He was located in the area of Highway 99 and Woollomes Avenue in Delano, along with the vehicle.  Ortega was booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of the murder of 71-year-old Javier Ibarra-Ibarra.

UPDATE (May 28): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as 71-year-old Javier Ibarra-Ibarra.

UPDATE: Sheriff’s officials have identified a suspect wanted for murder in the stabbing death of a man at a Wasco residence.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 28-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega, officials said. He’s wanted in connection with the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning in a residence in the 1000 block of F Street.

Ortega is described as Hispanic, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He’s believed to be driving a light-colored four-door Honda sedan with a dark-colored passenger side door and hood, and California license plate 5PRT838.

Juan Carlos Ortega, 28 / Photo: Kern County Sheriff’s Office

Ortega was last seen in the area of Lincoln Street and Haley Street in east Bakersfield.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at 322-4040.


WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — Homicide detectives were called to a residence in Wasco this morning after a body was found with noticeable injuries, according to sheriff’s officials.

Detectives went to a residence in the 1000 block of F Street after a call came in at about 10:52 a.m., officials said. An investigation is ongoing and there were no further details.

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