Federal documents reveal new details related to murder of 5-year-old Kason Guyton
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
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.
Police said they arrested a "person of interest" in the case during the coordinated gang raids.
The documents detail the multiagency, 10-month investigation targeting the West Side Crips. It also connects suspected gang members to key information that could help in Kason's case.
Police said he was pulled over for a traffic stop and ran. That's when an officer opened fire. Police said a stolen KCSO gun was found near Crawford's body.
His name is being linked to Kason's case, because documents show the FBI believed he was a member of the West Side Crips.
Throughout the multiagency operation, called "blind mice," law enforcement wiretapped numerous suspected gang members' phones. One of those phones belonged to Crawford.
The document states the FBI intercepted conversations between suspected members of the West Side Crips that talked about "gang violence, gang politics, gang disciplining, home burglary, the movement of firearms, promethazine with codeine sales, prescription pill sales, and crack cocaine sales."
Documents state that Crawford 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." According to documents, the informant believed this referred to the firearm used to kill Kason.
With Crawford dead, it begs the question: What else did he possibly know about the murder?
Police said they do believe others have information, and they have a person of interest in custody.
"In gang culture, most oftentimes it's that individuals who are willing to pick up a gun and shoot somebody are the ones who are respected most amongst the gang. If we can put some doubt in there where they are afraid to pick up a gun because they don't know who they can trust, because maybe one of their friends is telling on them, or they don't know what law enforcement's next action is going to be, whether we're going to be doing a wiretap or we're going to be doing some kind of other enforcement technique, if that's enough to get them to even think about it and decide not to do it, then that's a win," Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said.
No one has been charged in the murder of Kason.
Police said the officer-involved shooting that killed Crawford is still under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to call police (661) 327-7111.