The Bakersfield Police Department took two men into custody over the weekend for a series of carjackings beginning last Wednesday (11/17).The full release is below:
Beginning on November 17th, 2021 the Bakersfield Police Department received reports of five carjacking offenses at different times in different geographic areas in the City of Bakersfield. During the offenses two suspects would approach drivers who were entering or exiting their vehicles, brandish firearms at the victims and flee in the victim’s
vehicle. Based upon the suspect’s descriptions and actions it was believed that the offenses were being committed by the same suspects.
On November 18th, 2021, Bakersfield Police officers located one of the carjacked vehicles, occupied by a suspect in the 3400 block of Wible Road. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, identified as Joshua Taylor (19) of Bakersfield, he fled on foot. Pursuing officers took Taylor into custody and located a loaded handgun in his
waistband. Additional evidence tying Taylor to the series of carjacking was located during the investigation.
On November 19th, 2021, Bakersfield Police officers located one of the carjacked vehicles, occupied by a suspect in the 900 block of Pacheco Road. The driver, identified as Emmanuel Grundy (19) of Bakersfield, failed to yield to officers and led them on a short vehicle pursuit. Grundy lost control of the vehicle and collided with a structure at
Palla Elementary School, 800 Fairview Road. No students were present. Grundy fled on foot and was taken into custody by pursing officers with no incident. Additional evidence was located tying Grundy to the other carjacking offenses.
All five carjacked vehicles have been recovered. Unfortunately, the victim vehicle occupied by Grundy, was damaged after it caught fire due to the collision.
Taylor has been booked into the Kern County Jail for five counts of carjacking, assault with a firearm, weapons violations, and resisting officers.
Grundy has been booked into the Kern County Jail for four counts of carjacking, felony evading, and resisting officers.
Anyone with information regarding these offenses is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.