MARICOPA — A 32-year-old man accused of assaulting another man with a gun early in the week is behind bars thanks to an alert citizen.
Jeffery Helm was booked into the Kern County Jail on one count of assault with a deadly weapon. According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Helm was wanted as the suspect in a shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the 10000 block of South Union Avenue in Bakersfield.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Helm after a citizen spotted him coming and going from an abandoned house in the 800 block of Madera Street in Maricopa, approximately 30 miles southwest from where the shooting occurred.
Deputies went to the house on Sept. 20, where a sheriff’s helicopter spotted Helm leaving on foot. A short time later Helm was taken into custody without incident.