Detroit Police seek serial rape suspect on east side

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit Police are looking for an armed suspect believed to be responsible for at least three rapes or attempted rapes on the city’s east side.

In each incident, the suspect broke into a home while his female victim slept, police said. Each incident occurred within a one-mile radius, in an area near the Grosse Pointes, between midnight and 7 a.m.

“We really want to caution everyone in the area,” said Detroit Police Sgt. Marvin Jones. “Lock your doors. Lock your windows. He’s possibly casing the area seeing if there’s anything open where he can gain easy access. He wants to remain quiet. We really want to try to urge the public to help us get this guy off the street.”

According to police, the first attempted rape occurred Dec. 18 in the 5000 block of Haverhill. The second attempted rape was Dec. 30 in the 5800 block of Radnor. In that case, the suspect stabbed the victim in the chest.

The most recent attack occurred early Thursday morning in the 5300 block of Radnor. The suspect was armed with a kitchen knife. It was not known as of Thursday afternoon if the victim was raped, said police, as she has been unable to speak with them. She was discovered by her family around 7:30 a.m.

The suspect is believed to be the same person responsible for a stabbing last month in Grosse Pointe Park.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, between 17 and 23 years old and 5-foot-8. He also is described as being 135 to 140 pounds with a small build. He has dark smoker’s lips, light fuzzy mustache and a piercing in his right nostril and green flower-like starter earrings. He wears his hair in cornrows, police said.

In the Thursday attack, the suspect was wearing a light blue jacket over a red hoodie, blue jeans and black and white gym shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (596) 596-1950.