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Man arrested in sexual assaults

November 08, 2009|Mike Anton

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults against women in the Mid-City area. Police allege that he tricked female drivers into pulling to the curb by cautioning that sparks were coming from their tires.

Carlos Mares, 35, 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.

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

-- Mike Anton

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