Tucson police have sexual predator suspect in custody

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson Police Department is thanking the public this morning for their help in identifying a man the department says is a suspect in a string of sexual assaults.

Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a public information officer for the department, said Thursday the man was identified after news outlets aired his picture on Wednesday evening news broadcasts.

"The Tucson Police Department received several phone calls from citizens as a result of last night's media coverage of this subject, who has now been identified and located," Ronstadt said.  "He is currently being detained for further investigation."

In it's initial release on Wednesday, TPD says the suspect, who has not yet been named, was believed to have been involved in several instances of, "aggressive sexual advances toward women and in one case, a sexual assault."  Ronstadt said detectives had exhausted initial attempts to identify the suspect and decided to ask for the public's help.

The release contained a picture of the man off a security camera and a picture of the Chevrolet pickup truck he drives.

Ronstadt said the department will likely be able to release additional information on the suspect later on Thursday.