Motel 6 assault victim identified as suspect arrested for murder and robbery in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A 41-year-old man from Frazier Park has been identified as the victim of a fatal assault at a Motel 6 in central Bakersfield, leading to the arrest of a suspect on charges of murder and robbery. The Bakersfield Police Department reported that the incident occurred on November 16, 2023, when officers responded to a call regarding an assault at the motel located in the 300 block of Oak Street.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered the victim, who was later pronounced dead. The investigation revealed that the suspect had allegedly brandished a gun and demanded property from the victim and others present at the motel. Subsequently, the suspect is accused of assaulting the victim during the robbery.

Thanks to the information provided by officers at the scene, additional law enforcement officers were able to locate and detain the suspect in the 400 block of Oak Street. The alleged suspect, identified as 41-year-old Juan Paniagua of Bakersfield, was subsequently arrested for charges related to robbery, assault with a firearm, and murder.

The tragic incident at the Motel 6 has left the community in shock, as authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault and subsequent death of the victim. As the case unfolds, the Bakersfield Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation. The suspect remains in custody as the legal process moves forward.

The arrest of the suspect brings a glimmer of hope for justice for the victim and their loved ones, as the community grapples with the aftermath of this senseless act of violence. The Bakersfield Police Department is committed to seeking justice for the victim and holding the perpetrator accountable for their alleged actions.