Sunday, Feb 02 2014 01:59 PM
Employees of Tehachapi Hospital were startled when a man carrying a firearm wrapped in a blanket entered the hospital at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
He reportedly fled the area when he overheard a clerk calling police, touching off a search involving officers from multiple jurisdictions including a helicopter that hovered over the area near downtown Tehachapi for more than an hour before the suspect was located hiding between two buildings.
According to Sgt. Kevin Paille of Tehachapi Police Dept., Richard M. Martinez was arrested following the search which ended around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but the firearm he was believed to be carrying has not been located.
Paille said it was a rifle or shotgun. Efforts to locate the weapon are continuing.
No one was injured in the incident, Paille said.
Martinez, who turned 21 on Saturday, Feb. 1, according to records of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, is a Tehachapi resident.
He was booked into the Kern County Jail on $22,500 bail with charges including possession of a firearm in a public building, public intoxication and obstructing/resisting a peace officer.
According to information posted on the jail website, Martinez is set to appear in court in Mojave at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4.