Deputies arrest man in connection to stabbing, attempted carjacking in East Bakersfield

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 40-year-old man for attempted murder following a stabbing and attempted carjacking Wednesday morning in East Bakersfield.

Deputies arrested Paul Pearson and booked him into the Central Receiving Facility for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted carjacking, and brandishing a weapon, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said at about 10:15 a.m. deputies responded to the Fastrip at Mount Vernon Avenue and Niles Street to a report of an attempted carjacking.

Pearson is alleged to have tried to force a woman out of her car at knifepoint and used the knife to puncture the car’s tires and fled.

Deputies said Pearson then attacked another man near Mount Vernon Avenue and Pacific Street stabbing him multiple times in the head and neck. Deputies and Kern High School District police later found and arrested Pearson.

The man was taken to Kern Medical with non-life threatening wounds, and the woman was not wounded.

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