Suspect linked to stolen car used in drive-by shooting in Abilene
Taft Police executed a high-risk car stop Wednesday night to arrest a fugitive who may be linked to a drive-by shooting in Texas.
The suspect first came to police attention when he was linked to a car stolen in Taft that was found in Abilene. The investigation led to Jesus Betancourt, 32, as the suspect in the car theft, Taft Police Sgt. Ray Buford said, and a records check revealed Betancourt had two no-bail warrants, was on active probation for drug charges, had no California driver’s license and was a suspect in the drive by shooting that occurred in Texas.
In addition, police believed Betancourt may have been armed.
Betancourt was spotted by a patrolling Taft Police officer about 10 p.m.
Police, backed by Kern County Sheriff's deputies, conducted the traffic stop on the vehicle in the 100 block of Taylor Street.
Betancourt was arrested without incident.
During a search of Betancourt and the vehicle, officers located approximately 2.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and methamphetamine smoking pipe, Buford said. A subsequent search of Betancourt’s residence police found a 9 m.m. handgun. Betancourt was booked into the Taft City Jail for the two no-bail warrants, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, driving without a license, vehicle theft and expired registration. Buford said the Taylor County (Texas) Sheriff's Office will be interviewing Betancourt about the drive-by shooting.