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Female assaulted and stabbed near McFarland, suspect on the loose

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Posted at 11:32 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 14:32:35-04

On May 5th, 2017 at about 6:30 pm, an adult female was assaulted while walking in some grape vineyards just east of Scheitlin Road and north of Elmo Highway near McFarland.

The victim was approached by a male suspect and attacked. During the assault, the suspect knocked her to the ground stabbing her.

The suspect ran from the area before deputies arrived. The suspect is described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and possibly a dark colored mask.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings when they are walking or running in rural areas.

When possible, use the “Buddy System” by not walking alone. Report suspicious persons or incidents to law enforcement.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case or a recent similar incident in this area is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.