A man who allegedly threatened an 18-year-old male with a semi-automatic handgun in the 200 block of East “I” Street was arrested yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of a Tehachapi shopping center.
Officers with the Tehachapi Police Department arrested Steven Michael Orozco on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the parking lot of TK's Pizza and Pasta, on charges including felony cruelty to a child, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, obstructing an officer, destruction of evidence, conspiracy to commit a crime, and vandalism.
According to a news release issued by the TPD, the 18-year-old male victim waved down an officer in East “I” Street around 1:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and reported that he was passed by a silver Mitsubishi before it flipped around and stopped beside him. He told officers at that point Orozco, 21, allegedly spoke and pointed a small handgun at him before the car quickly pulled away.
The car was driven by 21-year-old Fayrene Lydia Wheat, who was also arrested on charges including felon in possession of a firearm, felony cruelty to a child, destruction of evidence, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Approximately seven minutes later, a different officer spotted the Mitsubishi in the parking lot of TK's Pasta and Pizza on 640 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
According to Police Chief Jeff Kermode, when that officer responded, Wheat, 21, ran and disposed the loaded Ruger handgun in a bathroom trash can inside the restaurant. A second officer responded shortly after and detained Wheat.
Around that time, the release states that friends and family of Orozco — who attempted to try and escape by kicking out the window of a patrol car, police say — showed up to the scene and began to interfere with the officers' investigation.
Police subsequently arrested Max Orozco, Jr. and Kasandra Dahn Price both on charges of obstructing an officer and booked them into the Kern County Jail.
Police also say that a 19-month-old child was also in the car and was later placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Kern County Superior Court records show that Steven Orozco was arrested in 2011 on charges including possession with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Wheat was arrested that same year on charges including burglary in the second degree, records show.
Both Wheat and Orozco were booked into the Kern County Sheriff's Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield. Orozco is being held on $85,000 bail and Wheat is being held $55,000 bail.