Joseph Kedrowski will be sentenced in August, but in jail he is listed as Joseph Mazzatelo

A fugitive arrested by Taft Police two weeks ago is being held without bail in Kern County Jail under one name while awaiting sentencing for auto theft under a second name.

Joseph John Kedrowski, also known as Joseph Mazzatelo, 36, pleaded no contest to auto theft on Monday according to the Kern County Superior Court website.

Charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and presenting false identification to police officers were dismissed in a plea agreement.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 28.

In the meantime, he is in Kern County Jail under the name Joseph Mazzatelo.

Mazzatelo is being held on two no-bail out-of-state warrants, according to the Kern County Sheriff's website.

Florida and Minnesota officials told Taft Police they want Mazzatelo or Kedrowski for charges of being an unlicensed contractor, theft, embezzlement, and furnishing false identification to police.

Kern County Jail records show that Joseph Mazzatelo is being held on the local charges plus out-of-state warrants.

Mazzatelo has the same date of birth and Kern County Superior Court case number as Kedrowski.

Kedrowski (or Mazzatelo) was arrested at gunpoint by Taft Police officers on July 10.

They had spotted a stolen car in Taft Heights and kept it under surveillance until a man later identified as Kedrowski/Mazzatelo got inside and started driving.
Police made a felony car stop on Tenth Street near Hope and arrested the suspect.

He has made one court appearance for the local charges and has pleaded not guilty to auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and presenting false identification to police.

Chief of Police Ed Whiting said the suspect originally identified himself as Joseph Mazzatelo and said he was in the federal witness protection program.

Police were skeptical of that and later identified the suspect through a driver's license issued to Joseph Kedrowski.