Defendant due to be released on Sept. 11 but is also wanted on out-of-state warrants
A car theft suspect arrested by Taft Police in early July who told police he was in the Federal Witness Protection program but is in reality a fugitive wanted in two states was sentenced to 120 days in jail on last week.
With credit for time served and time off for good behavior, John Joseph Kedrowski (as he is identified in Kern County Superior Court records) or Joseph Mazzatelo (the name as he is identified on the Kern County Jail website) is due to complete his sentence in Kern County on Sept. 11.
But he isn't going to be a free man any time soon.
Kedrowski is also being held on the three out-of-state felony warrants.
He's wanted in Ohio and Florida on several charges, including grand theft and working as an unlicensed contractor.
He's also wanted on a warrant for failing to appear on charges, and Taft Police said at the time of his arrest he had skipped bail previously.
Kedrowski was arrested by Taft Police on July 10 in a car reported stolen out of Lomita in Southern California.
Taft Police located the car in Taft Heights.
After confirming it was stolen, they kept the unoccupied car under surveillance.
When they saw Kedrowski enter the car, they followed it to Tenth and Hope where other officers and Kern County Sheriff's deputies assisted with a high-risk car stop.
Kedrowski originally told officers his name was Joseph Mazzatelo and he was a federally protected witness.