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Suspect in sexual assaults arrested

Las Vegas police have arrested a man accused of committing violent sexual assaults against women, one of whom was an admitted prostitute.

Police said Martin Duran-Flores, 33, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a slew of charges, including first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon, attempted sexual assault with use of a deadly weapon, battery with intent to commit a crime, grand larceny and sexual assault with the use of a deadly weapon.

Police think he might have victimized more women who have yet to come forward.

Duran-Flores was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Sunday. His bond is $750,000.

According to a police report, Duran-Flores in his Ford F-150 pickup on Saturday picked up a woman who was walking near the Westin Hotel on Flamingo Road just east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

He asked the woman whether she was a prostitute, the report said, and she said no and asked to be let out of the car. The report said he drove the woman to an industrial area and told her to get in the back seat. He threatened her with a knife, the report said.

He then punched her in the face several times and groped her, the report said. The woman managed to escape.

The next day, police made a vehicle stop on Duran-Flores’ pickup. It was parked near Reno Avenue and Schirlls Street, about a mile from where Duran-Flores assaulted the first woman, police said.

According to the report, police saw Duran-Flores exit his truck wearing only a shirt and putting on his pants. A naked woman was sitting in the back seat of his truck, the report said.

The woman told police that she had worked as a prostitute since the age of 13. She was on Flamingo near the Westin when she was approached by Duran-Flores in his truck.

He offered to take the woman to her apartment and then drove the woman against her will to a desert area, police said. He told her to get in the back seat, where he grabbed her throat and pulled out a 6-inch knife, police said. He then raped her, the report said.

Lt. John Bradshaw of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Detail, said that Duran-Flores might have targeted other women.

He said that although prostitution is a crime, prostitutes can be victims of crimes too.

“We take those crimes seriously regardless of the activities the victim might have been involved in prior to the crime,” he said.

Anyone with information about Duran-Flores is asked to call Detective Donald Cox at 828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

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