The search continues for a rapist still on the run after attacking a six-year-old girl Monday afternoon in southeast Bakersfield.
The man they are looking for might go by the name of Eric or Eddie. He's described as Hispanic, in his 30's, 5'10", 250 pounds, with black, short hair. He was last seen wearing blue, baggy denim shorts, a blue shirt, white socks, and gray Vans style shoes. The Sheriff's Department says finding him is high on their priority list and call him a threat to public safety.
Investigators say the attack was random, in broad daylight. And, the little girl's grandmother, Socorro Hoguin, says it all happened in a matter of seconds. Holguin covered her face, describing what she saw, still not able to believe what happened to her six-year old granddaughter
"I saw the man touching my granddaughter," said Hoguin.
Hoguin says her granddaughter was playing right outside her southeast Bakersfield home.
"This is a serious, serious crime," said Ray Pruitt, P.I.O. with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators believe around 3:00 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Buckley Avenue and Garber Way, the suspect kidnapped the young girl and raped her.
The girl's grandmother says the little girl came out through a side fence, the only gate that wasn't locked. When she did, that's when that man grabbed her. He dragged her behind a side tree to hide them, but the grandmother came out and started screaming.
"I saw the back of him and he was holding my granddaughter in front of him and I started screaming, ran out and starting hitting him," said Hoguin.
She says the man ran off into the field behind their house. And, investigators say several people saw him before the attack acting suspiciously and believe he might be a transient who frequents the area.
"I'm so mad," said Luis Valenzuela, who has a young daughter and lives in the neighborhood. "I just want to print up signs and just post them everywhere, you know what I mean? I want this man caught."
Deputies want to catch the man too. They are now visible patrolling the area and pursuing all leads until they get their guy.
"We're very concerned. When a suspect will commit a crime this serious and in such a brazen manner, we believe there is a threat to public safety," said Pruitt.
"I want him to rot in jail. This guy doesn't deserve to be a free man," said Hoguin.
Hoguin says her granddaughter is physically fine and is doing as well as she could be in these circumstances. Investigators want anyone who thinks they know this man or where he is to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office or 911.