Suspect named, sought in man's beating

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- At first glance, the picture of Tyler Cockren appears to be that of a young boy. But the Kern County Sheriff's Office believes the 18-year-old is responsible for the severe beating of 50-year-old Michael Mcardle on April 16.

"We do believe that there's probable cause to arrest Tyler Cockren," said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators have been unable to find Cockren and released the teen's name and picture in the hope that someone will call law enforcement with information about his whereabouts.

The victim's family is also asking for the public's help. Mcardle was beaten during an assault in the 4800 block of Mayfair Court near Fairfax Road while he was less than a block away from his home. Mcardle remains in a semi coma.

"He had a concussion to the brain," said family member Diane Stokes. "We're just asking for help," she said.

Sheriff's investigators say Cockren is a known member of a white supremacist gang. Cockren is known to frequent the Fairfax Road area as well as Oildale.

The victim's family says it knows people may be afraid of coming forward with information, but its appealing for help.

"The family needs answers and this would help a lot," said Stokes.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tyler Cockren is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.