Jose Mota skipped court hearing. He was arrested Friday on $500,000 warrant
One of two suspects charged in a May 17 home invasion and kidnap case has been arrested again after he failed to appear at a court hearing and now faces even more charges.
Jose DeJesus Mota was arrested by Taft Police and Kern County Sheriff's deputies at 319 Naylor Avenue at 9:44 a.m. Friday.
Mota, 21, had been free on $200,000 bail after his arrest on May 25, a day after a Taft man was attacked in his home on the 200 block of San Emidio and kidnapped at knifepoint.
He was supposed to appear at a pretrial hearing in Kern County Superior Court on Thursday along with codefendant Eduardo Alcantar-Lopez.
Mota did not show and a $500,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.
Deputies and Police went to the house on Naylor Friday and found him there.
In addition to his arrest on the warrant, Taft Police Sgt. Shad Swanson said, deputies are also going to issue charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale and petty theft.
Mota is already charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a person and threatening with intent to terrorize.
His bail is now set at $500,000 and he is due back in court on May 29
Alcantar-Lopez has remained in custody and is charged with burglary, threatening with intent to terrorize, assault with a deadly weapon, first degree robbery, kidnapping and obstructing or resisting arrest.
His bail is $150,000.