Five alleged gang members and associates were arrested in Bakersfield on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with holding down a man and cutting off one of his fingers.
On May 21, Kern County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2100 block of South Chester Avenue and contacted the victim, who was then taken to Kern Medical Center. The ensuing investigation identified five suspects, and deputies obtained arrest warrants.
At 11:45 a.m. Aug. 8, deputies arrested a 17-year-old suspect in front of his residence in the 2800 block of Blade Avenue. Fifteen minutes later, deputies stopped a vehicle in the area of Ming Avenue and South M Street and took 33-year-old Felicia Coria into custody, sheriff’s officials said.
Shortly afterward, deputies, with the assistance of FBI agents, executed a search warrant at 2113 and 2115 S. K St., where they arrested a 15-year-old suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. Then deputies arrested 27-year-old Felipe Rosales in the area of Cottonwood Road and Belle Terrace Drive.
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The final suspect, Delfino Barboza, 31, is in Wasco State Prison on unrelated charges.
The suspects, in addition to attempted murder, were also booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, kidnapping, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang.