Police search for Bakersfield man wanted for sexually assaulting a juvenile


AT FIVE. I’M JIM SCOTT. TAMI: AND I’M TAMI MLCOCH. OUR TOP STORY THIS HOUR…. A BAKERSFIELD MAN…ONCE CHARGED AND THEN RELEASED….IS ON THE RUN TONIGHT, ACCUSED OF DRUGGING AND RAPING A GIRL IN BAKERSFIELD. SEVERAL HEINOUS SEX CRIMES. BUT, HE WAS RELEASED AFTER THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REJECTED THE CASE. BAKERSFIELD POLICE SAY THEY QUICKLY RE-SUBMITTED THE CASE-AND GOT A NEW ARREST WARRANT-BUT FIRKINS IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. BPD SENT OUT FIRKINS PHOTO JUST BEFORE NOON. HE IS 38- YEARS-OLD , 5 FOOT 8, AND 150 POUNDS. AGAIN, POLICE SAY HE’S WANTED FOR SEVERAL FELONY SEX CRIMES INVOLVING RAPE OF A MINOR. WE INTERVIEWED FIRKINS IN 2016 ABOUT A NEW ROCK WALL IN TOWN. FIRKINS HAS BEEN KNOWN TO WORK AS A ROCK CLIMBER INSTRUCTOR AT MULTIPLE FACILITIES THROUGHOUT KERN. OLIVIA: IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON WHERE HE IS, CALL BPD AT 327-7111. YOU CAN GIVE INFORMATION ANONYMOUSLY BY CALLING SECRET WITNESS 322- 4040. OLIVIA LAVOICE 17 NEWS.

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