BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a suspect in a central Bakersfield homicide Thursday that left one man dead at the scene.
Police say Juan Paniagua, 41, of Bakersfield was arrested near the scene on suspicion of robbery, assault with a firearm and homicide.
Thursday evening officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Oak Street at Motel 6 around 5:25 p.m. on Nov. 16. The initial call came in as an assault.
When officers arrived they found a man dead, according to BPD.
Police say Paniagua allegedly pointed a firearm at the victim and other people and demanded property.
The decedent’s identification will be released at a later time by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.
This is the 68th homicide in Kern County by KGET’s count.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.