Suspect arrested in attempted sexual assaults following 215 Freeway car crashes in Riverside

RIVERSIDE >> Police officials say they have arrested a man who is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to sexually assault another in two separate incidents after their vehicles were crashed into along the 215 Freeway in Riverside.

Joseph Pete Macias, 34, of Riverside was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping for ransom or robbery, second degree robbery, sexual penetration by force and attempted murder, according to online jail records.

He remained booked at Robert Presley Detention Center with bail set at $1 million Friday morning.

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Detectives and a SWAT team from Riverside Police Department showed up at a home in the 4400 block of Winslow Court in Riverside around 2 a.m. Friday and arrested Macias. A tip from a concerned citizen led to Macias being identified as a suspect in the incidents, according to a Riverside police news release.

On Friday, Dec. 23, a women noticed that an SUV was following her as she traveled south on the 215. After exiting the freeway at the Central Avenue off ramp and slowing down for the signal light, police say, the vehicle that had been following the women struck hers from behind.

After the woman pulled to the side of the off ramp and got out, the driver of the SUV that struck her pulled out a knife, attempted to sexually assault her and stole her property, according to the release.

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