Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. AirportKern County Sheriff’s Office

On September 18, 2021 at approximately 1:10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Ridgecrest Substation were dispatched to the Inyokern Airport for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded and discovered the suspect had assaulted a victim at the scene with a sword and thrown a rock through a hangar window hitting an additional victim in the head.

The Ridgecrest Police Department also responded to the scene and located the suspect on Inyokern Road. The suspect, identified as Gino Rivera (35), refused to follow commands and brandished the sword at deputies. Non-lethal projectile rounds were deployed but were ineffective. Rivera ran from deputies and deputies pursued. Rivera continued to disobey deputies’ commands and a taser was deployed. Rivera dropped the sword and deputies used control holds to take Rivera into custody.

The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Rivera was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, brandishing a weapon with the intent to resist or prevent an arrest, vandalism, and obstruct/delay a peace officer in the discharge of their duties.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident (2021-00121704) may contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110.

Story First Published: 2021-10-08