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Sexual assault suspect tricked lone female drivers, police say

November 7, 2009 | 10:48 am

A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults in the Mid-City area against female drivers who were tricked into pulling to the curb by a man cautioning that sparks were coming from their tires.

Authorities say Carlos Mares of Los Angeles was arrested Friday. He allegedly groped six women between August and October, police said.

The attacks occurred between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. after the suspect, driving a late-1990s white compact car, pulled up next to lone female drivers, claimed sparks were coming from their vehicles and offered to check their tires and brakes, police said.

Los Angeles police detectives believe there may be more victims and ask that they contact them at (213) 473-0447.

-- Mike Anton