Sketch released of suspect in attempted teen abductions

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for four recent attempted abductions of teenage girls on the city's west side.

The release of the sketch comes days after police warned of the attempts last week in the area of West Chicago and Evergreen.

The incidents involved teen girls between the ages of 14 and 17, police said in a crime alert earlier this week.

A wanted poster released Thursday describes the suspect as a black man aged 45 or 46 years old, 5-foot-7 inches tall, with a medium build, medium complexion and dark brown eyes. He is also described as having black low-cut faded hair, a salt and pepper mustache and a full beard. He has smoker's lips that are darker than his complexion and pink tinted and a three-inch scar on the right side of his face that goes into the bearded area.

The suspect was seen wearing a waist-length jacket, dark blue jeans and black shoes and driving a black Ford Focus with dark rims.

"The Detroit Police Department will seek this suspect out and capture him for terrorizing these young ladies," police said in a statement earlier this week. "Anyone who sees this described suspect and vehicle, is asked to please call 911 immediately."

Meanwhile, Detroit 300 officials said in a community alert Thursday that their group will resume patrols during the afternoon in the area of Westwood and Chicago.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police at (313) 596-1950. Anonymous tips can be left at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

(313) 222-2311