BAKERSFIELD — A 23-year-old felon accused of committing four separate Kern County crimes during the month of June has been arrested.
Rumaldo Alaniz was booked into the Sheriff’s Central Receiving Facility on an assortment of charges, ranging from burglary, brandishing a weapon and various drug related charges.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the chain of events began back on June 13, when deputies in Oildale took a burglary report where the victim listed a stolen .38 caliber revolver. Several days later on June 19, deputies responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Palm Avenue and Kimberlina Road in Buttonwillow, where they discovered county property had been damaged by a firearm.
“Witnesses at the scene described the suspect vehicle as a white compact,” Ray Pruitt, Sheriff’s Public Information Officer said. Five days later, deputies were called out to location in the 1000 block of 9th Place in Wasco, where a suspect had allegedly brandished a firearm at another individual during an argument.
Again the suspect vehicle was described by witnesses as a white compact, which was spotted later in the day by a deputy in the 1900 block of Palm Avenue in Wasco. “A traffic stop was initiated and it was determined that Alaniz was in possession of the stolen firearm and approximately fifteen grams of methamphetamine,” Pruitt said. Upon further investigation, and after positive identification, it was also determined that Alaniz was responsible for the shooting on Palm Avenue, and the altercation in Wasco.
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