Suspects sought in alleged rape of two Detroit women

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are questioning a man who allegedly was part of a gang that sexually assaulted two women at gunpoint on the city’s northwest side Wednesday night.

Investigators are also looking for three other men involved in the attack, while trying to determine if they also were involved in recent similar sexual assaults in the same area.

Two women, ages 23 and 32, were walking southbound in the 15000 block of Strathmoor, returning from the Casino Liquor store at about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, when they were approached by four men, one of whom whipped out a handgun, Detroit Police Officer Nicole Kirkwood said.

“They forced the women to go to the back of a vacant house, where they robbed and sexually assaulted them,” Kirkwood said.

“Thanks to some good police work, one of the suspects was quickly taken into custody,” Kirkwood said. “We’re still looking for the three other men, so this remains an active investigation.”

Wednesday’s assault is similar to earlier incidents in the area.

On Aug. 11, two men walked up to a woman and her boyfriend, brandished a handgun, and forced them into an abandoned house on Mansfield Street, about a mile northwest from where Wednesday’s attack occurred. The men robbed the couple and raped the woman, forcing her boyfriend to watch, police said.

Police believe the same two suspects did the same thing — stopped a strolling couple at gunpoint, forced them into an abandoned house, sexually assaulted the woman and robbed both victims — on Aug. 16.

The next day, police say the same men tried to force another couple into a garage, but the victims escaped before the woman could be raped.

In July, there were at least three sexual assaults by a gang of predators who also accosted couples as they walked down the street, forced them into alleys or abandoned houses at gunpoint, and then raped the women while the men were forced to watch.

Kirkwood said investigators are working to determine whether there’s a connection to Wednesday’s assault and the earlier crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP; or the Detroit Police Sex Crimes Unit at (313) 596-1950.

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