Ridgecrest Police Department announced the arrest of 29-year-old Jose Cabuto a suspect who was allegedly responsible for a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in the 500 block of West Ward Avenue on Sept. 8 that led to a brief standoff at a West Howell Street residence.
According to RPD reports, officers responded to the reported shooting and spoke with subjects who witnessed the event.
“Based on descriptions of the vehicles, where the incident initiated, and our investigation, it was believed that Jose Cabuto was involved,” RPD stated in its report.
RPD stated that Cabuto was later apprehended in the 500 block of W. Drummond Ave after he ran from the officers.
“The firearm that is believed to be involved in the shooting was located in the area where officers contacted Cabuto,” RPD stated. “Ammunition consistent with that found in the firearm was located in Cabuto’s pocket.”
Cabuto was arrested on Sept. 12, according to Kern County Sheriff’s Office in-custody reports. RPD arrested him on alleged attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at a vehicle, and a driver allowing subject to shoot from a vehicle.
He was booked into Kern County Jail in Bakersfield and is currently being held on a nearly $2 million bail.
The series of events that led up to Cabuto’s arrest started with the reported Sept. 8 vehicle-to-vehicle shooting. Officers managed to obtain identifiers of one the vehicles, which led back to the home on West Howell.
RPD officers and KCSO deputies responded to the residence, surrounding it with weapons drawn. Occupants of the home were removed and law enforcement moved in, securing at least one dog in the process.
RPD deployed a K9 officer to help search the home but could not find the responsible party at the time.
Cabuto is due in Kern County Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for a pre-preliminary hearing on three counts of attempted murder, three counts shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, three assaults with a firearm, and a charge for throwing a substance at a vehicle with intent to commit great bodily injury, according to court records.
This isn’t Cabuto’s first encounter with RPD officers. In June 2016, he and Gustavo Cabuto were arrested on numerous charges stemming from a reported shooting and physical fight on West Perdew Avenue.
During the June 2016 incident, it was reported that Gustavo brandished a handgun during the altercation and that a shot was fired. At the time, investigating officers determined that both Jose and Gustavo Cabuto had allegedly vandalized another person’s vehicle. When the car’s owner confronted the two men, it was reported that Gustavo chased the victim and fired one round before fleeing the scene. RPD detectives conducted a followup investigation and arrested both men; Gustavo was charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and other charges; Jose was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and vandalism of $400 or more.