Detroit cops arrest suspect with possible link to rapes

Tom Greenwood and Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are carefully putting a case together involving a 33-year-old man who is suspected of kidnapping and raping two women on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have two very large cases to put together first,” said Sgt. Michael Woody on Friday morning. “For that reason, the suspect probably won’t be arraigned today.”

Within 24 hours of beginning its investigation into the attacks, police were able to nab the unidentified man Thursday night at a gas station near Puritan and Wyoming on the city’s west side.

Police were able to identify the suspect from the victims’ descriptions of the man and his vehicle, according to Woody.

“He had the potential of being at several addresses, so we set up surveillance on all the locations” he said. “Our team saw him get into a vehicle at the gas station and we had a marked unit attempt a traffic stop. That’s when we took him into custody.”

Woody said the man offered no resistance when he was arrested.

The first attack took place early Wednesday morning when a 19-year-old woman was kidnapped on the city’s east side and was then driven to the west side where she was assaulted for several hours before being released at another location.

The second incident occurred on Thursday and was nearly identical to the Wednesday attack when a 21-year-old woman was kidnapped from the east side and taken to the west side.

There, she was raped before being released after several hours.

“The victims were very brave,” said Woody of the women who were abducted. “We are humbled by their strength to be able to stand up and tell their story.”

According to police, the suspect would drive his car alongside the victims, get out and then force them into his vehicle at gunpoint.

The suspect reportedly has a prior criminal record and may have attacked other women in the area.

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