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Tuesday, Aug 27 2013 02:36 PM

'First Look': BPD, sheriff's office continue investigation into sexual assaults

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    By The Californian

    Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson talked about the department's work to find a suspect responsible for the sexual assaults in east Bakersfield during an appearance on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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BY LAURA LIERA Californian staff writer lliera@bakersfield.com

The Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the three sexual assaults that happened in the past month in east Bakersfield.

BPD Chief Greg Williamson said this particular case is a tad difficult because the suspect has been seen wearing a black ski mask during each encounter.

"We aren't sitting back and not doing anything," the police chief said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox." "We are working with numerous agencies 24-7 to get to the bottom of this."

The latest rape occurred Aug. 19 in the 200 block of Quantico Avenue, north of East Brundage Lane and west of Oswell Street. The suspect, as in the previous incidents, broke into a residence and bound its occupants before sexually assaulting a victim.

The suspect is described as black, in his late 20s to 30s, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He has been seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and shorts and in the last incident was armed with a handgun, police have said.

In 70 to 80 percent of sexual assaults, Williamson said, the suspect is no stranger to the victim.

"They molest thier niece, it's spousal rape or someone has been following you," Williamson said.

But in the current assaults, the victims didn't know the suspect.

Simulcast host Scott Cox mentioned that there is a common thread in the current case: The women he has assaulted are usually home alone.

Williamson asked the community to lock their doors at night and leave an outside light on. Be vigilant in your surroundings, he said.

"If you feel someone is watching or following you, do not go home, head to a place where you feel safe and contact law enforcement immediately," the chief said.

The Secret Witness Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint against the suspect.

The Secret Witness phone line operates 24 hours a day and secrecy is guaranteed to those who call.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the BPD or sheriff's office at 852-7800 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

 

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