Police seek suspect in Detroit sexual assault

George Hunter, and Candice Williams
DetroitNews

Police are looking for an armed sexual predator who raped a woman late last month on Detroit’s northwest side.

The victim was sitting in her car around 9 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 15800 block of West McNichols when an armed man forced her to let him into the vehicle.

“The person got into her car, grabbed her purse and threw it out the window to a second person,” Detroit Police Detective Robert Kane said Thursday. “He then ordered the lady to drive her vehicle to a location down the street and she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint.”

The man then took off on foot, Kane said.

The woman had been waiting for her sister who was inside a clinic that allowed patients to enter only after 5 p.m., according to police.

Police on Thursday released an artist’s sketch of the attacker, who wore a black sweater, black pants and a black Gucci belt during the assault.

He is described to be 24-25 years old, 5-foot-9 and about 150 pounds. He was carrying a black 9 mm handgun, Kane said.

The victim did not get a good description of the second person, Kane said.

Surveillance video in the area did not provide a good view, either, he said.

Kane said the victim is doing OK considering what happened.

“She was distraught,” he said. “She did have a gun in her face and she was assaulted.”

In addition to the assault Feb. 19, there have been 181 reported sexual assaults/kidnappings in Detroit since 2009, according to Detroit Police crime data.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Sex Crimes Unit at (313) 596-1950. Citizens may also leave anonymous tips on the Detroit Police mobile app, DPD Connect; or by contacting CrimeStoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP.

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