Man with Felony Warrant Arrested after Evading Kern County Deputies on Two Separate Occasions
A man with an outstanding felony warrant was recently arrested after reportedly evading Kern County authorities in two separate occasions. A second incident involving two others also arose during the search for the first suspect, according to reports.
According to a press release by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the Office’s Lamont Substation initiated a traffic enforcement stop involving Rodrigo Garcia, 26 years old, near the intersection of Ralph Ave and Buena Vista Boulevard on the evening of August 18. Garcia allegedly fled from the traffic stop, leading deputies on a brief pursuit. However, he managed to evade apprehension at that time. His vehicle was described as a black 2012 Cadillac.
On the afternoon of August 30, deputies spotted Garcia driving the same 2012 Cadillac, this time near Main Street and Buena Vista Boulevard. Garcia reportedly fled the scene again and once again evaded the pursuing deputies. The Cadillac was later found abandoned on Di Giorgio Road. Deputies later secured a warrant for Garcia’s arrest.
Law enforcement officers, aided by Canine Units and Air Support, established a perimeter and conducted a comprehensive search of the area.
Authorities established a perimeter in the area, aided by K-9 units and air support. As authorities were canvassing the area, a second incident reportedly arose in which a vehicle refused law enforcement commands to stop and continued southward along railroad tracks towards Di Giorgio Road. The occupants, later identified as Eduardo Ramirez (29) and Jose Lopez (40), abandoned the car on foot and fled into a nearby neighborhood. Both were quickly apprehended without further incident.
Ramirez was found to have an outstanding felony warrant, and was allegedly in possession of ammunition and burglary tools at the time. Meanwhile, Rodrigo Garcia was soon located and arrested at a nearby apartment complex, during which he was allegedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Garcia, Ramirez, and Lopez all were ultimately booked at the Kern County Central Receiving Facility on a variety of charges: Garcia for his felony warrant, as well as alleged reckless driving, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and vehicle code violations; Ramirez for his active warrant, in addition to allegedly resisting arrest, being a prohibited person in possession of drug paraphernalia, and vehicle code violations; and Lopez for allegedly resisting arrest.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information relevant to the case to reach out at 661-861-3110. Those preferring to remain anonymous can also contact the Secret Witness Hotline at 661-322-4040.
It was unclear at press time whether any of the suspects had retained attorneys. All individuals arrested on suspicion of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.