Suspect, victim apparently got into argument on well site near Derby Acres. Victim suffered fractured skull

An argument between two coworkers in the oilfields near Derby Acres resulted in attack that left one man with a skull fracture after being struck with a 24-inch wrench and a second man in jail, accused of assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies and medical aid was summoned to Berry Petroleum property about a mile east of Derby Acres Tuesday morning.

They found the victim identified by Senior Deputy Stephen Wells as Bobby Fitz, 31, of Bakersfield, suffering from a head injury.

Reports from the scene indicated that Fitz suffered an open skull fracture.
He was knocked unconscious for a time, Wells confirmed.

Fitz was airlifted from the scene to Kern Medical Center by helicopter.

Wells said Fitz and the suspect, identified as Bobby Atkison, 46, of Bakersfield, apparently got into a brief argument before Atkison struck Fitz with the wrench.
Atkins fled the scene and was last seen driving a white Ford F-250 pickup, Wells said.

That was just after 10 a.m. in the morning.

About 5:30 p.m.. deputies received a report of a suspicious person at the Buena Vista Golf Course. Than man had no shoes on, Wells said, and the caller thought he might be an escapee from a prison or jail facility.

Deputies responded and found Atkison.

His truck was located about 5 miles away, Wells said.
Atkison was booked into the Sheriff's central receiving facility in Bakersfield. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.