UPDATE: Man arrested for armed robberies, attempted murder

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Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

A man has been arrested in connection with two armed robberies that occurred earlier this month.

The Bakersfield Police Department said that on Wednesday, 20-year-old Brandalon Leal was arrested at around 10:10 a.m. Leal was taken into custody during a domestic violence investigation in the area of Palm Street and A Street, the department said.

BPD said Leal was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and a pound of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

Leal was determined to have an outstanding parole violation warrant out of Texas. He is also a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred in Las Vegas, as well as the two armed robberies being investigated by KCSO and Arvin Police Department, according to BPD.

All of the related law enforcement agencies were informed of Leal’s arrest, the department said Leal was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery, several felony firearms violations, possession of marijuana for sales, domestic assault and attempt murder.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield police are asking for help to identify and locate a man believed to have committed multiple armed robberies at auto part stores over the last week.

Police released images of a suspect and a getaway car believed to be involved in the robberies and used a semi-automatic handgun.

The department said the man was involved in robberies at the O’Reilly Auto Parts at 3650 Ming Ave. on Feb. 28 at 6:41 p.m., an AutoZone at 900 Bear Mountain Boulevard in Arvin on March 1, an O’Reilly Auto Parts at 1950 Highway 46 on March 5 and the O’Reilly Auto Parts at 2627 Haley St. on March 6 just before noon.

The man is described as a standing 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with short afro-style hair, a light complexion. Investigators say he has a tattoo of a “W” that looks like a Washington Nationals logo on the right side of his neck.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black hat, black belt and light-colored jeans.

Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

The vehicle pictured is a gold mid-2000s four-door Buick Lacrosse.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity or on the robberies is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.

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