Woman stabbed fending off sexual assault in home

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 39-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was stabbed early Wednesday while fighting off an attempted sexual assault inside her east side home, police said.

“The perp entered the home through the front living room window,” Officer Dan Donakowski said of the 4:20 a.m. attack on the 5000 block of Radnor Street. “He made it to her bedroom, where he attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to fight back.”

The victim was stabbed during the struggle and the suspect fled the home on foot, Donakowski said.

“She was transported to a local hospital by our medics (and was) in critical condition,” he said.

Donakowski said it is unknown if the living room window was locked or how the suspect gained entry into the home.

The suspect is described by police as a young man from 17- to 23-years-old. He is 6-foot-1 and around 140 pounds, with a light complexion, a beard and mustache. He was wearing a blue jean jacket, a red sweater with a hood and blue jeans.

He was armed with a knife, Donakowski said.

It remains unclear if the attack was random or if the suspect and victim knew each other, police said.

“At the beginning stages of the investigation, we’re looking at everything,” he said.


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