Southeast Bakersfield

Bakersfield police say they've caught June 2013 rapist

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police said Friday that they arrested a rapist and documented West Side Crip gang member.

Travis Jonathan Smith, 33, was identified as the suspect from DNA evidence, police said.

Smith is accused of offering a woman a ride June 7, 2013, in the area of the 5200 block of Monitor Drive. The woman refused, but "the suspect was persistent with his offer and the adult female eventually agreed to take a ride with the suspect," police said in the original news release.

Smith allegedly drove the woman somewhere else and raped her.

He was arrested on suspicion of rape by force, kidnapping, kidnap to commit rape and false imprisonment.