Man arrested in attempted CSC in Detroit casino garage

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Charges have been authorized against a 21-year-old Detroit man in connection with an attempted sexual assault in a casino parking garage, officials said Monday.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said it has authorized a charge of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct against Cortez Demar Bender.

Detroit squad car

He was arraigned on the felony charge in 36th District Court before Magistrate Laura Echartea on Monday. He was given a $250,000 bond/cash surety.

If convicted, he could face between five years and 10 years in prison.

Police accuse Bender of following a 29-year-old woman from inside the Greektown Casino to its parking garage and attempted to sexually assault her at 10 p.m. last Thursday.

The woman fought off the attacker and screamed, prompting him to flee on foot. 

With help from the casino's security officers, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Bender and arrested him Saturday.

Bender's probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 31. Both hearings will take place before Judge Kenneth King.