BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Bakersfield man says his family's world has been turned upside down by a masked rapist who targeted his wife. He has strong reactions to the attack as police try to make an arrest.
The woman was attacked inside her apartment Thursday morning on Columbus Street in northeast Bakersfield. 17 News is not using any names to protect the victim's identity.
"Something like this scars a family for life. It don't just come and go. It's not a scratch. It scars," said the victim's husband.
"There's nothing out there, even killing him, it won't bring the ease to my family," he continued.
The victim's husband talked about the masked man who broke into his apartment, through the bathroom window.
"He knew my route. He knew my wife. He knew where she lived, what she looked like. He's had to have been following us," he continued.
Police said the suspect raped his wife, as their two-year-old daughter slept in the bed. "Broke in and took my wife in the other room, did what he did. Made her take a shower, get cleaned up, stole her ID and then left," the husband said.
Police took his wife's DNA. Employees at Kern County's crime lab will try and separate the suspect's DNA and put it into a national database, to see if it matches a convicted offender. The match could be instant or it could take years.
The victim's husband said on Thursday night, the man may have tried to break into an apartment next door. He called police, but the man left before officers arrived.
"I seen his arm, the side of his face, tried chasing him. I fell," he explained.
"People ask sometimes if you should fight back. I think that's about whether or not you can do it without getting yourself killed and then tell somebody," said Carolann Wooton, Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
"If somebody comes to you and tells you that they've been assaulted, believe them," she continued.
Advocates from the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault are often first to meet with victims.
If you or know someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, the Alliance has a 24-hour hotline at 327-1091.
"I believe if I can catch him and do what I want to do to him, I'll get out of prison in six months. It ain't no big deal," said the victim's husband.
"But, I don't know if I can live without seeing my daughter every day. That girl and my wife are my world. He just hurt my world. I'll catch him and when I do, no one will ever find him again," he continued.
The victim described her attacker as a black man, in his late twenties to early thirties and six feet tall with a medium build.
He was last seen wearing a black ski mask, dark colored shirt, black jean shorts, and black and white tennis shoes. If you have any information, call police at 327-7111.