Deputies looking for man suspected in fatal stabbing

The sheriff's department says there was an altercation between the victim Steven Corpe, 23, and the suspect Ronald Burchett, 57.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The sheriff's department needs your help finding the suspect wanted in a fatal stabbing in Oildale.  Deputies say on Wednesday night just before 8:00, they responded to a report of a stabbing that had just occurred at the Dollar General store, 111 Roberts Lane, in Oildale.

When deputies arrived they located the victim, identified as 23-year-old Steven Corpe, suffering from a stab wound to the upper torso area. Corpe was transported by ambulance to Kern Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. He was pronounced dead at KMC shortly after midnight.

Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. Detectives determined that Corpe had been involved in an altercation in the 100 block of Roberts Lane with the suspect, 57-year-old Ronald Burchett. During the altercation between Corpe and Burchett, Burchett stabbed Corpe in the upper torso area. Burchett then fled the area on foot.

Detectives also learned that the altercation between Corpe and Burchett was related to a previous altercation Burchett had with an acquaintance of Corpe, which had occurred shortly before in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant, just east of the Dollar General Store.

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Burchett. Based on information developed during the investigation there is probable cause to arrest Burchett for murder. If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.




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