Officials catch suspected East Bakersfield serial rapist

Billy Ray Johnson arrested on 21 felony charges

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials with the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff's Department said they have caught the suspected east Bakersfield serial rapist.

Thirty-three-year-old Billy Ray Johnson was arrested on 21 felony charges, officials said.

Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green with Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson held a press conference at 10 a.m. regarding the indictment.

Officials said they used DNA evidence to make an arrest in connection with the case.

Green said the cases span the dates of July 1, 2013 through August 19, 2013. 

Green said they began surveying Johnson since the start of the suspected assaults and waited for further evidence to make the arrest.

Officials said Johnson was arrested in mid October on unrelated charges.

Johnson is being held on $5 million bail.

Police said Johnson is accused of breaking into homes early in the morning in the eastern region of Bakersfield, tying them up, sexually assaulting them, stealing their items, then leaving.

Here's a full list of his charges related to the case:

1.    ASSAULT W/INTENT TO COMMIT FORCIBLE RAPE ON PERSON UNDER 18 YRS.

2.    ASSAULT WITH SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARM ON PERSON

3.    ROBBERY 1ST DEGREE: INHABITED/HOUSE/TRAILER COACH

4.    BURGLARY:FIRST DEGREE

5.    POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A FELON (OLD CODE 12021(A)(1)

6.    RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

7.    RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

8.    RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

9.    RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

10. ROBBERY 1ST DEGREE: INHABITED/HOUSE/TRAILER COACH

11. BURGLARY:FIRST DEGREE

12. LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 W/FORCE/ETC

13. FALSE IMPRISONMENT W/ VIOLENCE

14. FALSE IMPRISONMENT W/ VIOLENCE

15. RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

16. SEXUAL PENETRATION WITH FORCE/ETC

17. ROBBERY 1ST DEGREE: INHABITED/HOUSE/TRAILER COACH

18. BURGLARY:FIRST DEGREE

19. FALSE IMPRISONMENT W/ VIOLENCE

20. POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A FELON (OLD CODE 12021(A)(1)

21. RAPE BY FORCE/FEAR/ETC

Print this article Back to Top