Woman wanted for kidnapping, robbery, gang charges

KCSO: Linked to January crash when deputy was almost run over

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Office need help finding a woman who, with the help of another person, lured a victim to a Bakersfield location, then kidnapped him and attempted to rob him, according to KCSO.

Detectives say 20-year-old Stephanie Quiroz of Bakersfield is wanted for her connection into the kidnapping of a 19-year-old man who, while held at gunpoint, nearly ran over a sheriff's deputy on Mount Vernon earlier this year. 

It happened on Jan. 21 when a sheriff's deputy was conducting a DUI traffic stop near Heritage Bible Church on Mount Vernon Avenue around 1:00 a.m.

While the deputy was completing paperwork by his vehicle, another car tried to hit him, missed and drove into the church building, according to court documents. 

The occupants in the car were 19-year-old driver Antonio Lopez, and passengers 19-year-old Miguel Gutierrez and Quiroz.

In court documents, Lopez states that Quiroz and Gutierrez kidnapped him and held him at gunpoint leading up to the crash. He purposefully drove toward the patrol cars to get help, lost control of the vehicle, and slammed into the building.

Originally, Lopez was arrested at the scene of the crash on numerous assault, weapons and gang charges. His charges were dropped and he was released, according to KCSO. 

After the crash, Gutierrez attempted to run from officials but was caught and taken into custody. Deputies located a rifle and ammunition in the car that belonged to Gutierrez, according to court documents. He was arrested on numerous assault, weapon and gang charges. He is due in court next week. 

Quiroz is described as a Hispanic female, 5'4" tall, weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Quiroz is wanted for kidnapping, robbery, participating in a criminal street gang and conspiracy.

Anyone with information about this investigation or know the whereabouts of Quiroz is urged to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661)861-3110 or the Secret Witness Line at (661)322-4040.

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