Suspect in bike path assault from January arrested over the weekend

Posted at 3:25 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 12:23:19-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE 12/7): Jordon McLeod, the man police say sexually assaulted a woman on a bike path in January, was arrested over the weekend.

The Bakersfield Police Department said thanks to community tips, they were able to locate McLeod and take him into custody.

McLeod is facing felony charges of sexual assault and false imprisonment, as well as a misdemeanor battery charge.

He is being held on a $25,000 bail and is due in court Tuesday at 3 p.m.

(UPDATE 12/4): The Bakersfield Police Department said it has identified 23-year-old Jordon McLeod as the suspect wanted for a sexual assault of a woman on a bike path earlier this year.

According to BPD, McLeod is transient with no known address. BPD is asking the public to call 9-1-1 if anyone believes they've seen him.

The Bakersfield Police Department is looking for a man suspected of assaulting a woman on a bike path this morning in Southwest Bakersfield.

According to BPD, the victim described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and was last seen wearing a grey/white/black camouflage hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, black athletic-style pants with three vertical white stripes on the sides and black Vans or Converse-style shoes with white soles.

Around 6:29 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the area Stockdale Highway, near Calloway Drive, for a report of an assault. During the investigation, officers learned that at around 6:15 a.m., the victim was running westbound on a bike path just north of Stockdale Highway.

The victim told officers she was startled by the sound of a man running towards her from behind and when she turned and faced the suspect, he grabbed her by the shoulders, BPD said. The victim was able to pepper spray the suspect and fight him off. After she was free from the man, she called 9-1-1. The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call BPD at 661-327-7111.