Bakersfield police arrest man for murder in killing of unidentified 67-year-old man found near Riverview Park

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Police investigate the discovery of a body at Riverview Park Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield police said a man has been arrested for the murder of a 67 year old man whose body was found in a riverbed last week in North Bakersfield near Riverview Park.

In a release Tuesday night, the police department said officers arrested 33-year-old Antonio Maldonado.

Maldonado was identified as a person of interest in the 67-year-old’s killing, police said. Officers arrested Maldonado for an unrelated warrant in the 6500 block of Monitor Street Tuesday evening.

After interviewing Maldonado, officers served a search warrant at an apartment Maldonado was living in since the discovery of the 67-year-old’s body on Aug. 14, and found evidence linking him to the killing.

Maldonado was booked Tuesday night into the Kern County Central Receiving Facility for first-degree murder and robbery.

He is being held without bail and is due in court Thursday, according to a Kern County inmate database.

Earlier Tuesday, the Kern County Coroner’s Office determined the unidentified 67 year old man died of blunt force head trauma after he was struck by an unknown object where his body was found in the riverbed west of Chester Avenue.

Bakersfield police said their investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the case asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 661-322-4040.

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