Police Say Sexual Predator Found Victims in Traffic

Police Say Sexual Predator Found Victims in Traffic

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Jed Boal reportingAn accused sexual predator is in the Salt Lake County Jail, charged with trying to rape one woman and trying to molest another.

Sheriff's Deputies say he was very brazen in his attacks.

Most of us don't even think about the possibility of being attacked while driving in our cars. But, the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office says an attempted rapist was trolling for victims in traffic.

At a Redwood Road intersection, at 2:30 Monday morning, a woman noticed a car following her.

It followed the woman on 6200 South many blocks. As she turned onto a side street, police say the driver, 32-year-old Kevin Berry, rear-ended the woman's car.

She got out to exchange information, and police say Berry molested her. According to court papers, Berry opened his robe and he was naked.

Deputy Peggy Faulkner with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office explains, "She kicked him in the groin. She kicked him a couple of times, and was able to shut her car door."

At that point, the victim tells police that Berry got back into his car and drove off, and the woman called 911. When detectives took a closer look at the case, it reminded them of a similar crime scenario from nearly three months ago.

Half way across the valley, a woman was rear-ended at an intersection. But, she told police she left because the driver seemed strange and drunk. Police say that it was Berry, and that he found a different victim in an apartment compex.

"He threw her down on the concrete and told her to do what he said," according to Deputy Faulkner.

The victim said her attacker was not wearing pants, and told her, "You're coming with me."

Police say Berry slammed the woman's head on the concrete, but she bit his hand and he ran off. Witnesses identified Berry in January. He was arrested and bailed out of jail.

He was arrested again Thursday.

Deputies warn motorists to be wary after traffic accidents.

"If you don't feel comfortable with it, don't get out of the car. If they don't want you to leave the scene, tell them to go call somebody," Faulkner says.

Or drive to an all-night convenience store.

Berry faces charges of attempted rape and attempted molestation. He's spent much of the past decade in and out of prison on lewdness charges and parole violations.

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