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Suspect arrested for attempted kidnapping and sexual assault in East Bakersfield

Posted at 3:37 PM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 02:23:13-04

(UPDATE: September 3, 2018 4:43 p.m.) According to Kern County Sheriff's Office, at about 9:30 a.m. they received a call regarding a possible sighting of the suspect involved in the kidnapping and sexual assault originally reported on September 1.

Deputies were dispatched to Cliffwood Way and Derby Drive in East Bakersfield where they made contact with the owner of the truck and trailer, Hilario Viruncruz. According to KCSO, deputies determined the truck matched several surveillance videos seized.

Viruncruz was detained and the victim identified him and the vehicle. KCSO said that he was booked on charges of false imprisonment, kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor.


The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help in finding a suspect in connection with an attempted kidnapping and sexual assault.

According to KCSO, deputies were sent to the 7000 block of Newquist Dr. on September 1 at about 11:15 a.m. for a kidnapping call. During an investigation, they found that a male juvenile had been lured into a vehicle in the area of Niles St. and Horace Mann Ave. and was driven to a remote location.

At that location, the juvenile was sexually assaulted, but was able to escape by running to a neighborhood for help.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 50-60 years of age, roughly 5'6"-5'7" in height and weighing approximately 140 pounds with a thin mustache and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black hat, sunglasses, a black and white shirt and grey jeans.

The suspect vehicle is described as a late-model white extended cab Ford truck pulling a red gardening-style trailer. Anyone with information is asked to call KCSO at 661-861-3110 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 661-322-4040.