A Turlock Hotel employee was allegedly raped by a man staying in his room

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A long-haul truck driver was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of raping an employee at the motel where he was staying in Turlock.

The incident happened around 8.25pm ​​at the Days Inn on North Tully Road, Turlock Police Lt. Neil Cervenka said.

The suspect, Osman Mukhammadiyev, 29, called reception to report an “equipment problem” in his room.

A female employee responded to the room, where Mukhammadiyev allegedly held her down and sexually assaulted her, Cervenka said. He said the victim managed to fend off the suspect, run to the hotel desk and call 911.

Cervenka said officers quickly arrived on the scene and apprehended Mukhammadiyev as he came out of his room.

He was arrested on suspicion of forcible rape, kidnapping with intent to commit rape and forcible confinement. His bail is set at $670,000 and he has yet to be formally charged.

A Days Inn woman who identified herself as the assistant manager declined to comment on the incident when contacted by The Bee on Monday.

Cervenka said Mukhammadiyev is a long-haul trucker from Massachusetts who had been staying at the motel for a few days. “We don’t know if he’s been to this area before; we have no history with him,” the lieutenant said.

“Investigators are concerned that this may have happened in other regions or states due to the nature of his work and the nature of the offense,” Cervenka said. “We urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tony Argueta at 209-668-6538.

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Erin Tracy covers criminal justice and breaking news. She started working at the Modesto Bee in 2010 and previously worked at newspapers in Woodland and Eureka. She graduated from Humboldt State University.

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