UPDATE: BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The Bakersfield Police Department released a suspect composite Wednesday morning of the man wanted for a sexual assault in Northwest Bakersfield near Brimhall and Coffee Rd.The assault happened in the 8700 block of Fox Run Drive Monday around 11:30 a.m.
Bakersfield Police say the attacker is a Hispanic man in his thirties, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald, with a dark goatee and no mustache. He has tattoos on both forearms and on the right side of his neck. He may be driving a tan or silver four door sedan.
Neighbors said the victim is a young mother. According to police, the man broke through her locked garage door sometime after 11:00 a.m. When she went out to the garage after hearing a noise, the man sexually assaulted her. It's unclear if the victim was targeted.
"At this point it's too early in the investigation, having it occurred just yesterday(Monday). It will be information that we will analyze and to determine what the motive could have been," said Bakersfield Police spokesperson Michaela Sims.
The northwest Bakersfield neighborhood is home to many young families with stay-at-home moms. After word spread of the sexual assault by an unknown intruder, several of the neighborhood's mothers said they now have their guard up.
"Even last night, I made sure I went out there three times checking to see if the door was locked," said Crystal Kennedy.
"One person has his garage open now and that's because he's doing yard work," said Sharon Terrell.
"Before that everything used to be open. That's all going to change now."
Bakersfield Police said the number of rapes is down from this time last year. From January 1 to September 10 there were 36 reported rapes, not including statutory rape. In 2012, there were 44.
Many in the Fox Run Drive neighborhood said they'd like to revive the Neighborhood Watch Program. Bakersfield Police offer assistance in organizing Neighborhood Watch Programs and provide materials.
If you are interested in starting or better planning Neighborhood Watch, you can call Bakersfield Police at 326-3024.
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