KCSO conducting assault investigations

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible attempted sexual assault.

Deputies responded to a call in the area of Woollomes Avenue and Melcher Road on Thursday after they learned that a female victim had been approached by an unknown male who attempted to sexually assault or possibly kidnap her.

After an investigation, deputies learned the suspect had hidden behind the trunk of the victim's car, and before the victim could get into the vehicle the suspect attempted to assault her, according to the KCSO.

The victim was able to run away from the suspect and was able to get assistance from field workers in the area.

The suspect has been described as a Hispanic male around 28 to 35 years old, around 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a light brown straw hat, a red or blue bandanna covering the face, and a red long-sleeved shirt.

The woman told deputies she had never seen the man before, and he did not say anything during the incident.

The KCSO says it is investigating a pair of similar incidents that had previously been reported.

The first one was reported on May 5, when a female victim has been assaulted and stabbed while in the area of Elmo Highway and Highway 99.

The second case was reported on June 15, when a female victim was sexually assaulted after being hit by the suspect's vehicle in the area of Driver Road and Peterson Avenue.

Authorities are investigating the three incidents as possibly connected due to their proximity and the similarity of the suspect's actions.

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