Bakersfield police said Friday that forensic evidence has been submitted and is being analyzed in connection with a series of rapes in east Bakersfield.

The BPD and Kern County Sheriff's Office Joint Task Force is awaiting the results to further their investigation, according to a BPD news release.

The suspect in the rapes is described as black, in his late 20s to 30s, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He has been seen wearing a black ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt and shorts.

The first assault happened July 18 at a residence in the 4300 block of Columbus Street in northeast Bakersfield. The second incident took place Aug. 1 in the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue, not far from the latest attack Aug. 19 in the 200 block of Quantico Avenue.

The Joint Task Force asks the community to continue to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity to the hotline at 852-7800 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

-- The Californian