Austin police say they have a predator in custody who targeted women to steal their cars. He is accused of sexually assaulting one of his victims.
Last Wednesday, Austin police say convicted felon Bruce Innes used a weapon to kidnap a woman from the H.E.B. parking lot off FM 1825 and I-35 in Pflugerville. She told officers that Innes sexually assaulted her and stole her car.
Then, two days later at the Tech Ridge Cap Metro Park and Ride, officers say Innes struck again.
"In that incident a female was walking back to her car and attempted to enter her car when she was confronted by Mr. Innes," said APD Detective Carlos Vallejo.
Detective Carlos Vallejo says Innes shoved the woman and forced her out of the passenger side. Innes then stole her car.
"He appeared to be choosing people he could easily over power," said Vallejo.
On Monday, another woman called 9-1-1. This time from the Murphy gas station at the Wal-Mart off I-35 and 183 in Northeast Austin.
Officers say Innes shoved and pushed her. She kicked and fought him off. Innes, officers say, couldn't start the car and left.
The U.S. Marshals' Lone Star Fugitive Task Force happened to be in the area looking for him. Within 30 minutes of that attack, they arrested him off Rutherford Lane.
Innes was on parole for a 40 year prison sentence for convictions including robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He began serving the sentence in 1990 and was released last year.
"We're very happy we got this predator off the streets and got him to confess and cooperate with our investigations. We think the city is going to be a lot safer now he's off the streets," said Vallejo.