Suspect was wearing victim's shoes when he was arrested, KCSO says

A Taft man was arrested on strong-arm robbery charges earlier this month after he allegedly assaulted another man and stole his cell phone and shoes.

The suspect, Michael Leeray Collins, 22, was wearing the stolen shoes when he was arrested a few hours after the robbery was reported. Kern County Sheriff's Sr. Deputy Stephen Wells said.

The investigation started on Nov. 30 about 10:45 p.m. when a deputy saw a man running barefoot in the area of Fourth and North Street.

The deputy contacted the man and he told them he was approached by two suspects who “strong-armed him,” demanding his shoes and cell phone.

One of the suspected made a punching motion, the man told deputies, and the victim was in fear and gave up the items.

Another deputy had been in the area about two hours earlier and remembered seeing a man known to them as Collins, a parolee.

The suspect information was provided to Taft Police and at 5 a.m. the next day, a Taft officer spotted Collins and arrested him.

The second suspect has not been caught.

Collins is due back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

He is being held on a no-bail parole hold.