BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Investigators are on the hunt for a man suspected of at least two sexual assaults in east Bakersfield.
Police and Kern County Sheriff's deputies believe the cases are connected.
Luis gill: "there's a man right now that does not deserve to be free," said Luis Gill with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
Like most neighbors, Gill hopes police can catch the man accused of sexually assaulting three people within the last two weeks.
"In order to commit an act like this you have to be a sick tool, an individual who can harm someone in this way is mentally ill and has no place in our society," said Gill.
On July 18th, Bakersfield police say a man forced his way into an apartment on the 4300 block of Columbus street, tying his victim and sexually assaulting her.
"I feel very unfortunate. I pray for them," said neighbor, Andrew Domingo.
Several neighbors say the victim and her family moved out of the complex the day after the attack, leaving many others concerned for the safety of their own loved ones.
"My sister means everything to me so as long as she is safe I'm happy, but when we have something like this happening it kind of has be worried. I want to come home early so I know that my family is safe because I am the man of the house," said neighbor, Arnulfo Rodriguez.
Investigators say the second incident happened about three miles away at the Kristine Apartment complex. They also say both assaults happened in the early hours.
At the Kristine Apartments, four people were tied up with two of them being sexually assaulted.
"There is a chance that this suspect lives in the east Bakersfield area but at this point we don't know. We don't have a whole lot of information to go on at this point," said Ray Pruitt with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
There's no indication the suspect described as a dark skin male, six feet tall with a medium built in his late 20's early 30's knew his victims, but investigators are urging people to report any suspicious person or activity to law enforcement.
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For more information on either case contact:
Bakersfield Police Department (661) 327-7111
Kern County Sheriff's Office (661) 861-3110
For more information on the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault:
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