ShotSpotter alerts on New Year’s Eve leads to three arrests, BPD says

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At least three people were arrested overnight after their gunfire was caught by Bakersfield Police Department’s gunshot sensors.

Around 9:00 p.m. Dec. 31, officers were alerted of gunfire in the 1200 block of 3rd Street, according to police. While on scene, officers found shell casings and a pistol in a backyard. Witnesses told officers that the gunfire was celebratory.

Anthony Cardosa, 31, was arrested for negligent discharge of a gun and booked into jail.

Officers were alerted of gunshots again around 9:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Monterey Street, according to police.

This time the subject fled from officers when they arrived to the scene. As officers chased the suspect, a witness says the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at an officer. 

The suspect, Thomas Romero, 38, was arrested a short distance away. Romero is a convicted felon and documented gang member, according to police.

BPD says the gun was reportedly stolen.

Around 11:00 p.m., officers responded to another report of gunshots, this time in the 1100 block of Niles Street. While looking for a suspect, officers found several used casings in the backyard of a home.

Officers located Victor Banuelos, 33, in the backyard of the home. They also discovered a large amount of ammunition and an AR-15 rifle inside of his car, according to police.

Banuelos was a convicted felon and prohibited from having a gun and ammunition. Officers also discovered that he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and was found to be in possession of drugs, according to police. He was arrested and booked.

If you have any additional information on these arrested, call police at 327-7111.

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