Suspects accused of attacking, robbing two men. They are arrested when gang unit serves warrants in Taft area

Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, backed by the KCSO Gang Unit, served warrants at two Taft-area homes last week and arrested two men on carjacking and gang charges.

The arrests are in connection with the May 8 beating, robbery, and carjacking of two men in the 300 block of Adams Street.

A third suspect was arrested several days after the robbery, according to a Sheriff’s news release.

Deputies served warrants about 8 p.m. last Friday at a home on the 400 block of San Emidio in Taft and in the 1100 block of Bush Street in Maricopa.

Jose Ponce, 18, of Taft was arrested at the Sam Emidio Street residence and Jose Soto-Acosta, 20, was taken into custody at the Maricopa address.

Both men are charged with carjacking, second-degree robbery, and participation in a criminal street gang.

The third suspect, Bulmaro Sanchez, 18, was arrested in the 900 block of North Tenth Street on May 11.

Sanchez faces the same charges.

The three suspects are accused of beating and robbing two men and taking a cell phone and car in the May 8 robbery, according to deputies.
The car was later recovered in Bakersfield.

Sanchez and  Ponce are both being held  on no-bail immigration holds, according to the Sheriff’s website. Acosta is being held on $216,500 bail.