BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested a man accused of fatally assaulting a Superior Grocers employee on New Year’s Day, according to a release from the department.
BPD officers responded to a report of an assault at Superior Grocers at 1115 Union Ave. just before midnight on Jan. 1, officials said.
When officers arrived, they found an injured and unresponsive man. BPD’s investigation revealed the victim was an employee of the grocery store and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
BPD said Demetrius Ford Jr., 29, of Bakersfield was seen hitting a parked car with his vehicle, prompting employees from Superior Grocers to take photographs of Ford’s vehicle. Ford then assaulted the victim, police said.
On Jan. 2 the man died from his injuries, the release said.
Officials arrested Ford on Jan. 4 in the 3800 block of Marriot Drive, just south of Rosedale Highway, and booked Ford into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, battery, and hit-and-run.
Ford is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan 10, according to the county’s In Custody Inmate Booking Information page.
This is an ongoing investigation. No other injuries were reported.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call BPD at 661-327-7111.