Court document: Police name suspect in drive-by murder of 5-year-old boy

FILE -- Kason Guyton, a 5-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday night, Feb. 23, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen in a provided photo.

A possible suspect in the murder of 5-year-old Kason Guyton is named in a police search warrant obtained Monday by Eyewitness News.

In the document police describe Johnathan Knight as "one of the primary suspects" in the child's murder.

The little boy was killed in a drive-by shooting last winter at California Avenue and S Street.

His 7-year-old brother, B.J., was also shot, but survived. They were riding in a car with their mother's boyfriend at the time.

Knight was arrested last week, during a massive multiagency gang sweep on unrelated charges. Dozens of people allegedly associated with the West Side Crips were arrested in the operation, which was the culmination of a 10-month investigation.

The FBI named the sting operation "Blind Mice."

Last week, Eyewitness News reported from the indictment that contained information related to the child's killing. In that, one suspected gang member reportedly told a "confidential reliable informant" of the FBI that three "mice" did the shooting that killed Kason, and that "they" talked about "burning the gun."

In the newly obtained court document, police note that Knight's gang moniker is "Lil Mice."

Knight also makes reference during wiretapped calls to someone named Jeremy King, whose nickname is "Baby Mice."

Both are in custody on unrelated charges with bail set around $200,000 each.

Knight is expected to be back in court Dec. 26.

No one has been charged with Kason's murder.

A police spokesperson said Kason's murder investigation is ongoing, and police continue to follow up on new leads.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to call police (661) 327-7111.

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