Tip helps Mesa police identify, arrest suspect in 2 sexual assaults

Aug 30, 2021, 1:15 PM
Carl Creamer...
Carl Creamer (Mesa Police Department Photo)
(Mesa Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – With help from the public, Mesa police identified and arrested a suspect in two sexual assault cases Sunday night, authorities said.

Carl Creamer, 44, was taken into custody in Phoenix and booked on three counts of sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and one count each of attempted sex assault and sex abuse, the Mesa Police Department said Monday.

The first victim reported that she’d been raped at gunpoint on Aug. 16 in a grocery store parking lot on Main Street near Alma School Road after being offered a ride by a man in a pickup truck, according to court documents.

A similar incident occurred 10 days later in a parking lot near Southern Avenue and Stapley Drive. The victim told police the man hit her in the head with a gun while she resisted his attack, but she was able to get out of the truck and escape.

Investigators connected the cases because of similarities in how the victims described the suspect’s appearance, his behavior and his vehicle.

Police said that a Ford F-150 pickup truck matching the one involved in the assaults and registered to Creamer was identified through a tip after they released a crime bulletin about the cases on Saturday.

Detectives watching Creamer’s Mesa apartment near Stapley Drive and U.S. 60 on Sunday saw him drive a Nissan Sentra to a residence near 27th Street and Broadway Road in Phoenix. The truck identified by the tipster was parked on the side of Phoenix residence. Police took Creamer into custody without incident.

Investigators served search warrants at both residences and found evidence connected to the crimes, including a gun and clothing matching descriptions given by the victims.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Wendy Rogers)...

Arizona Senate votes to open ethics investigation over Wendy Rogers’ post on Buffalo shooting

The Arizona Senate on Monday voted to open an ethics investigation over Wendy Rogers' social media post regarding the shooting in Buffalo over the weekend that left 10 dead.
19 hours ago
Maricopa County flag...
Kevin Stone

Tentative $4.46B Maricopa County budget includes property tax rate reduction

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a tentative $4.46 billion budget that would increase spending while lowering the property tax rate.
19 hours ago
(Yelp Photo)...

Celebrate National Barbecue Day with these metro Phoenix restaurants

It's the perfect day for barbecue lovers in metro Phoenix to indulge guilt-free. Here's where to eat for National Barbecue Day.
19 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Kris Mayes for Arizona)...
Kevin Stone

Democratic Arizona AG candidate says she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases

Kris Mayes, Arizona’s lone Democratic candidate for attorney general, said she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned.
19 hours ago
(Best Buy Photo)...

Best Buy to convert store near Paradise Valley Mall into outlet

Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy announced plans to open an outlet store in Phoenix later this year.
19 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Lake Pleasant Regional Park)...

MCSO divers recover body of 18-year-old from Lake Pleasant

Authorities have recovered the body of swimmer who went under at Lake Pleasant near Peoria on Sunday.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
Dr. Richard Carmona

COVID-19 shots continue long tradition of vaccines protecting public health

You want to feel safe. You want your family to be safe. Are vaccines safe? The simple and important answer is: Oh my yes!
Tip helps Mesa police identify, arrest suspect in 2 sexual assaults