Bakersfield police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping early Monday.
Police said they responded to the 800 block of Oak Street at 2:57 a.m. and learned that the victim was approached from behind, grabbed, and dragged a short distance into a planter with shrubbery. He threw her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
The victim fought back and managed to escape, and the suspect ran east on Sunset Avenue.
Police said the suspect was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 1 inch tall, medium build, full trimmed beard, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with a white logo and black pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Rodrigues at 326-3870.
-- Bakersfield Police Department