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Man accused of sexually assaulting women after giving them rides

Steven McCarter
Steven McCarter Booking photo, Sacramento Police Department

Sacramento police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of various sexual assault offenses, including rape.

Police in November began investigating a report of sexual assault at a motel. They said Steven McCarter is believed to have picked up the victim near 55th Street and Folsom Boulevard in a U-Haul truck. Police said the two went to a hotel, where they willingly rented a room together. Police said McCarter then made unwanted sexual advances toward the victim. When the victim attempted to leave, police said, McCarter assaulted her.

A separate incident was reported in January in which McCarter was accused of physically and sexually assaulting a different female at a motel, according to a Police Department news release. In the January incident, the victim got a ride to a motel from McCarter. Once there, police say, McCarter demanded sex acts in return for the ride. The victim refused, and police said McCarter continued to make unwanted sexual advances. After the victim made several attempts to get him to stop, police said, McCarter became violent, ripping off her clothes. He then physically assaulted her, police said, until the woman defended herself with a knife and fled.

Last Thursday, Sacramento police detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, obtained warrants for McCarter’s arrest. On Friday, state corrections agents took McCarter into custody at his residence. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of rape, attempted rape, assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say there may be additional victims. They urge people who think they were a victim or who may have witnessed any crimes related to McCarter to call the Sacramento Police Department at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy