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By Jamie Stewart
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UPDATE: Man arrested after standoff

Armed man on Wonderful structure

 

Jamie Stewart | Wasco Tribune

Sheriff's spokeswoman Angela Monroe at the Wonderful complex.

UPDATE April 4, 10 a.m.

A man who was involved in a standoff with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department was arrested after 16 hours, ending with the arrest of Ricardo Maldonado.

Deputies were called out to 136000 block of Highway 33 near Lost Hills on Wednesday morning regarding a man on the roof of a building on the Wonderful Company's property. According to Public Information Officer Angela Monroe, the man was armed with a makeshift sharpened weapon.

Attempts to talk the man down did not work, and additional agencies were called in. The property was evacuated, and workers were called and told not to come to work. At the time of the incident, Monroe said that they were taking every precaution to end the situation with no one injured.

“We do not believe that the suspect is affiliated with the Wonderful Company in any way, Maldonado said. As 6 p.m. approached, nonlethal bullets were utilized, and Maldonado was taken into custody. He was transported and received medical treatment en route.

Maldonado was taken to the Central Receiving Facility, where he was booked on charges of brandishing a weapon at a peace officer, resisting arrest and trespassing. The incident is still under investigation.

--Jamie Stewart

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Jamie Stewart | Wasco Tribune

A Sheriff's Department vehicle blocks traffic outside Wonderful complex.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 136000 block of Highway 33 near Lost Hills on Wednesday morning to deal with a man on the roof of a building on the Wonderful Company's property.

According to Public information Officer Angela Monroe, the man was armed with a makeshift sharpened weapon. Attempts to talk the man down did not work and additional agencies were called in.

The man was unidentified at press time, but Monroe said, "We do not believe the man is affiliated in any way with the Wonderful Company."

The property was evacuated and workers were called and told not to come to work.

"We are being very cautious and want to resolve this situation with no threat to life," Monroe said Wednesday evening.

--Jamie Stewart

 

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