Man arrested for series of sexual assaults

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a man in connection with a series of sexual assaults, mostly against prostitutes.

According to police, officers arrested 27-year-old Ixtoc Renteria-Bentancourt on eight counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon and four counts of sexual assault.

Police say they started looking for the suspect after being called to the scene of a sexual assault at around 3:30 a.m. July 13. The victim told police she met Bentancourt in the parking lot of a  hotel on West Tropicana Avenue. The suspect gave the victim a ride to Spring Mountain Road. and Arville Street, where police say he sexually assaulted her.

Police noticed similarities between this attack and four other cases that were under investigation.

In arrest reports released Monday, five victims told similar stories of being approached by Bentancourt about exchanging sex for money; however, the victims said instead he threatened them, sometimes using a knife, and assaulted them.

In the report, the victims were able to identify the suspect because of a distinctive tattoo on his hand. Police were also able to connect the suspect to the car the victims said he drove.

In his interview with police, Bentancourt told officers that he didn't have a knife but instead it was a spatula that looked like a knife. He also stated that the sex he had with the women was not consensual. Anyone with additional information about the suspect is asked to call Metro's Sexual Assault Section (702) 828-3307, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.


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