BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A suspect in a 2019 homicide has been arrested in North Dakota. In August of 2019, an arrest warrant for murder was issued for 19-year-old Ricardo Tapia III. Tapia was arrested on Sunday by the Dickinson Police Department in North Dakota.
In December of 2019, prosecutors dismissed charges that were filed against two others believed to be connected with the deadly stabbing: Melissa Avila and Ricardo Tapia II, Tapia III’s father. If you have any information about this case, contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or Kern County Secret Witness at 322-4040.