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Deputies, Kern High School District Police arrest suspect for assaulting woman, child

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 17:34:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, a 30-year-old man was arrested after assaulting two people in Bakersfield.

Authorities were initially dispatched on a report of a man attempting to enter a window in an apartment in the 600 block of Morning Drive. The suspect, Devin Bell, eventually gained entry to the apartment and assaulted a woman and child inside the residence.

When police arrive, Bell fled in the direction of Foothill High School.

After a search involving KCSO air support and K9 units, Bell was arreested after a short foot pursuit near Voorhies Elementary School.

Bell was arrested for burglary, child abuse, spousal battery, criminal threats, resisting arrest and a parole violation.

The woman, who did know Bell, declined medical treatment for her and the child.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies and Kern High School District police are responding to a suspect search in the area of Foothill Vista Apartments on Morning Drive near Foothill High School.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says deputies are looking for a man who was possibly involved in a domestic disturbance near the school. KHSD police are assisting in the search and have the high school surrounded, though it is not believed the suspect is on the campus.

It's not known if the suspect is armed, but there are no reports of any injuries at this time.

KHSD officials say the suspect ran through the campus of nearby Voorhies Elementary School. The Bakersfield City School District says there is no summer school at that location and no students are on campus.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.