Deputies arrest one, second suspect surrenders to Taft Police

Two of the four suspects being sought in connection with the severe beating of a man in South Taft last month were taken into custody on Monday.

Bostun Hacker, 18, was arrested by Kern County Sheriff's deputies around midday, and Billy Joe Burell III, 22, surrendered at the Taft Police Department Monday night just after 10 p.m.

Hacker and Burell are two of five people charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 18 on Shattuck Avenue that left a man unconscious.

One was arrested a short time after the attack and two more are still at large.

Hacker was subsequently taken to the Kern County Sheriff's central receiving facility in Bakersfield and is being held on more than $500,000 bail.

Burell had not been transferred to Sheriff's custody as of Tuesday morning.

Still outstanding are Steven Burell, 21, and Preston McAvinue, 26.

One suspect, Halie Curtis, 27, was arrested shortly after the attack.

She made her first court appearance on Monday and is due back in court on March 3. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on $250,000 bond.

All five face multiple charges, including attempted murder, robbery, battery wth serious bodily injury, assault, robbery and threatening a victim or witness.

They are accused of dragging the victim out of a parked car on the 200 block of Shattuck and then punched and kicked the victim in the body and head, leaving him unconscious.