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SWAT standoff in SW Bakersfield ends with 2 arrests

Officers are involved Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in a SWAT standoff in the area of Harris and Stine roads in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

UPDATE (2:21 a.m. Tuesday): Bakersfield police released a mugshot of 30-year-old Johnny Edward Matthews.

He was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for robbery and carjacking.

Guillermo Torrez, 41, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly violating his parole.

The two other people who surrendered to police have been released pending further investigation.

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UPDATE (9:55 p.m. Monday): A roughly 8-hour standoff in southwest Bakersfield ended with two men and two women detained and transported to the Bakersfield Police Department.

It all began around 11:30 a.m. when a man reported being robbed at gunpoint at a home on Glacier Canyon Court, BPD spokesman Brian Holcombe said at a news conference at the scene.

After he was robbed, he was able to flee the area and contact police.

When officers arrived on the scene, the people in the home refused to come out.

Around 7:30 p.m., two women and a man surrendered and left the home. About an hour later, the fourth suspect surrendered.

Officers also rescued a dog, which was taken to BPD.

Holcombe had limited details on exactly who the four people were and what their roles were in the robbery. He did not have names for any of them.

He said he is not aware of any injuries to anyone involved.

Five families in nearby homes were removed from their residences, but had returned to their homes by the time of the news conference.

Harris Road had been closed during the standoff, but was expected to be reopened soon.

Previous updates and original story posted below.

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UPDATE (8:55 p.m.): Officers have detained a fourth suspect from inside the home.

Police say the scene is still active and ask for residents to stay away.


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UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): Police said three suspects have been removed from the home.

Officers have not stated whether there are any other suspects inside the home at this time.

Officers said two women and one man were taken from inside.


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UPDATE (6:25 p.m.): Police officers responded to an armed robbery investigation just after 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The ongoing investigation led officers to the 5000 block of Glacier Canyon Court, where the armed suspect is barricaded.

SWAT took over the scene around 4 p.m. and is still on scene.

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UPDATE (5 p.m.): Bakersfield SWAT officers are at Glacier Canyon Court attempting to get someone to come out of a house on that street.

One neighbor said police first arrived on scene around 3 p.m.

Traffic has been closed on Harris Road between Stine and Winter Grove. BPD is asking people to avoid the area.


The original story is below.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Police SWAT officers have responded to a neighborhood near Harris and Stine roads.

A police spokesman didn't say what prompted the callout.


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