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BPD makes an arrest in seven-year-old sexual assault cold case

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 21:30:11-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Friday, the Bakersfield Police Department announced it had made an arrest in a seven-year-old sexual assault cold case.

Through DNA analysis, the Bakersfield Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit was able to arrest 31-year-old Christopher Hansbrough for sexual assault charges.

On July 8 of 2013, Hansbrough allegedly approached a female victim in the area of 2100 Bradley Avenue around 10 p.m.

The woman told officials that she tried to run before Hansbrough drug her into the back seat of a White 4-door Kia Sportage where he sexually assaulted her. He then pushed the woman out of the car before driving off onto the southbound of South H Street from Bradley Avenue, according to officials.

Although Hansbrough has been arrested, Bakersfield Police said they're looking for the second suspect who was reportedly the driver of the car when the incident happened. Officials said the driver of the vehicle was not seen by the victim and is unidentified as this time.

BPD said the Kia Sportage where the sexual assault allegedly happened was missing the rear spare tire with possible license plate letters/numbers of “Y5” or “Y8” (unknown sequence).

If you have any additional information regarding this investigation please contact Detective Santos Luevano at (661) 326-3907 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.