BAKERSFIELD — The search for a suspect wanted in connection with shooting a young man to death in Bakersfield back in May may have ended, after police arrested a 22-year-old man last Thursday for his murder.
Robert Lorenzo Garrett, was booked into the Kern County Jail and is being held without bail on one count of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. According to Kern County Sheriff Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt, a lengthy investigation into the May 25, incident led to Garrett’s arrest on July 3.
“Through the course of their investigation, detectives developed probable cause to arrest Garrett for the murder of Joshua Lambert and the assault on Montrice Maize,” Pruitt said. “Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.” The events that led to Garrett’s arrest began on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
According to Pruitt, deputies were dispatched to the call of a shooting at about 8:45 p.m., in the 1600 block of Flower Street in east Bakersfield that night. When deputies arrived, they said they found a 26-year-old victim, later identified as Lambert, and 26-year-old Maize, both suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Both men were transported by ambulance to nearby Kern Medical Center where Lambert was pronounced dead a short time later. Maize, who has been previously arrested in relation to an officer-involved shooting and robbery of a Chase Bank in southwest Bakersfield back in 2013, was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
KERO: Robert Lorenzo Garrett accused of killing Joshua Lambert