Ridgecrest man slain

Ridgecrest police officers found Ridgecrest resident Melvin O. Allen, 47, lying on the ground in front of a residence in the 400 block of West Felspar Avenue on July 25 at 3:20 a.m. He had been stabbed.

Allen was taken to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for treatment. A suspect was arrested, but was later released.

Allen died at RRH an hour later. According to a press release from the Kern County Coroner, the death was listed as a homicide.

The District Attorney’s office in Bakersfield has decided not to file charges at this time

The matter is still under investigation by the Ridgecrest Police Department.

Story First Published: 2012-08-01