Detective: Happy to get ‘predator’ off the streets

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Seven new charges have been filed against a man accused of trying to rob three women and sexually assaulting one of them in the last week.

Officers arrested 48-year-old Bruce David Innes after Austin police began investigating an attempted carjacking Monday at the Murphy USA gas station at Walmart in the 1000-block of Norwood Park Blvd. in Austin.

Williamson County detectives were able to identify him as a suspect in the case after a tip came in that the suspect was drinking malt liquor at the time of the assault. Detectives found a can of malt liquor and identified Innes through a finger print match from the can. Surveillance video from the HEB parking lot where a victim was kidnapped showed Innes putting the can of malt liquor in the trash can.

A homeless man was also able to identify Innes by name and said he frequently carried a knife.

Investigators say the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Innes. U.S. Marshals were already after Innes for an alleged parole violation.

Police say Innes later admitted to two other cases, one involving a sexual assault.

In one, on April 25, Police say a woman was getting into her car at the Capital Metro Tech Ridge Park and Ride Center when Innes attacked her and drove away in her car.

“I’m usually here after the sunrise. So, it’s pretty safe, it’s well lit. So, I haven’t seen any issues or any problems,” said Yolanda Gary-Fisher, who uses the lot on a daily basis.

Police also say an aggravated robbery started in Northeast Travis County and ended in Williamson County on the April 23. Investigators believe Innes sexually assaulted a woman in that case and used a weapon.

“There doesn’t [appear to be] an apparent pattern [in] the vehicles he was choosing, (so much as) the type of victim he was choosing,” said Detective Carlos Vallejo with Austin police. “He appeared to be choosing somebody that he could easily overpower.”

Vallejo says Innes told police his motivation was money. Vallejo said it will take a while to ascertain if Innes is involved with more cases, since linking him would depend on evidence from DNA or fingerprints which isn’t timely because of backlogs in DNA and fingerprint processing.

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