“Costco Employee Assaulted and Severely Injured; Suspect Arrested in Bakersfield Robbery”

By | July 26, 2023



A suspect, identified as 23-year-old Collin Straker, has been arrested for stealing alcohol and assaulting an employee at a Costco in Bakersfield, California. The incident occurred in April 2022 when two suspects stole alcohol and were confronted by an employee. The employee suffered major injuries during a struggle, with the suspects wielding a hammer. Straker allegedly struck the victim on the head, causing permanent traumatic injury. He was apprehended in Texas and extradited to California, while the female suspect remains unidentified. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department. Kaley Brown Soren,Miabelle Salzano reported

In April 2022, a shocking incident took place at a Costco on Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, California. Two suspects stole several bottles of alcohol from the store and were confronted by an employee. The situation quickly escalated, resulting in the employee being seriously injured during a struggle with the suspects. It was reported that the suspects were armed with a hammer during the incident.

Recently, the Bakersfield Police Department announced that they have identified and arrested one of the suspects. The male suspect, identified as 23-year-old Collin Straker from Lancaster, has been charged with robbery, mayhem, aggravated assault, aggravated mayhem, and attempted murder. Straker allegedly struck the victim on her head with the hammer, causing permanent traumatic injury.

After months of investigation, Straker was apprehended in Richmond, Texas, by Texas law enforcement authorities. He was extradited to California and booked into the Kern County Jail on May 24, 2023. The investigation is still ongoing, and the female suspect involved in the incident has not yet been identified.

This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of store security and the risks that employees face while on the job. The employee who was assaulted suffered major injuries as a result of the altercation. It is crucial for businesses to prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees, implementing security measures to prevent such incidents from occurring.

The Bakersfield Police Department is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. If you have any information, please contact Detective Arvizu at 661-326-3953 or the BPD at 661-327-7111.


This incident has had a significant impact on the community, and justice being served by arresting one of the suspects brings some solace to the victim and those affected by the incident..

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