Originally Published by Kern County Sheriff’s Office – Public Information Officer
On April 18, 2021, at about 12:20 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 200 block of White Lane for a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies located Jose Araujo (39), suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. Hall Ambulance personnel arrived and transported Araujo to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Homicide Detectives were called to assume the investigation. Through their investigation, detectives developed probable cause to arrest Joan Luevano (02/05/1988) for Araujo’s murder. On October 26, 2021, at about 7:30 p.m., Luevano was arrested in the 300 block of Unbridaled Drive and booked into the Central Receiving Facility.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at (661) 322-4040.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office – Public Information Officer
1350 Norris Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93308