Arrests Made in Motel Murder in Bakersfield

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Bakersfield Police have arrested three people in connection with a murder that happened earlier this summer at a local motel.

On Monday, July 9, 2018, first responders were called to the Motel 6 at 1350 Easton Drive in south Bakersfield for reports of a shooting around midnight. Upon their arrival, they located Lazaro Gonzalez with life-threatening wounds. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Now, more than a month later, three suspects are facing charges in his slaying. 49-year-old Maria Irene Stokes and 20-year-old Ryan Jesus Lopez Jr. are being charged with murder after being arrested on Thursday, August 30. Bakersfield Police Department officers identified 19-year-old Angel Reyes Aaron as another suspect, who has since been arrested and charged with being an accessory to the murder.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Bakersfield Police Department HERE.

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