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15-year-old girl sexually assaulted and robbed at gunpoint, per BPD

Police search for man suspected of sexually assaulting teenage girl

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A nightmare scenario. A 15-year-old girl told police she was on her way to school Friday morning near Bakersfield College, when a man forced her into an alley at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her.

The teenage girl was headed to her bus stop just before 8AM according to police, when- less than 5 blocks from Bakersfield College and not far from Washington Middle School- she was approached by what she described as a man possibly in his twenties.

The police released a composite of the suspect late Friday:

"He brandished a firearm at her and then forced her into a nearby alleyway where he sexually assaulted her and also demanded money from her," said Sgt. Ryan Kroeker of the Bakersfield Police Department.

The alleyway is near the intersection of Haley St and Vanderbilt Dr. But the situation did not stop there.

"Following the assault the suspect followed her back to her residence where she obtained more money from inside the residence and provided it to the suspect who ultimately fled," continued Kroeker.

The victim's sister said the attacker said he went to Bakersfield College.

But BPD says they do not know if the attacker was a B.C. student.

"Officers did respond to Bakersfield College, they canvassed the school the location as well as the outlying neighborhoods to attempt to locate a suspect," said Kroeker.

Bakersfield College dean, Grace Commiso, was facilitating one of many free rape defense trainings Friday afternoon through the college's department of public safety.

"The training really is to help individuals be aware of their surroundings, to know what is going on around them, to not be walking around on your phones like this and not know really where they are and what's going on," said Commiso.

Bakersfield police emphasized the importance of staying alert. BPD asks that if you have any information about this assault and robbery, that you contact them immediately. 

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