Bakersfield Police identify man shot to death as local chef

Bakersfield Police identify man shot to death as local chef

The Bakersfield Police said they have arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of the Feb. 22 shooting death of a popular Rosedale-area restaurant chef.

Police identified the victim as Raymond Ingram, 51, of Bakersfield, who had taken over J’s Place restaurant in June of last year. In a media release, police said they were called at 6:11 a.m. to a home in the 5000 block of McKee Road and found the man dead inside a residence.

Police said they took Michaele Bowers into custody after questioning by detectives. It was also determined that Bowers made a call to report the incident to 911. Bowers was booked into Kern County Jail on suspicion of murder.

Ingram was also known as Chef Ray and had worked at a variety of restaurants, including at the Petroleum Club. In 2016, he took over at J’s place, which is known for it’s chicken and waffles. Ingram also had a variety of cobbler mixes for sale via a website called cobbler king.com

The details of the shooting are still unknown and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Rex Davenport (661) 326-3552 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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