Suspect in custody in alleged rape of flight attendant

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The man suspected in the rape of an 18-year-old flight attendant near Detroit Metropolitan Airport has an extensive criminal history over the last quarter century, state records show.

The man, who turned himself in to police on Saturday, faces three charges in the alleged mid-June incident, and will be arraigned Tuesday.

He had been named a person of interest in the alleged rape, walked into the Romulus Police Department with his attorney and turned himself in at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from Romulus Police Capt. Derran Shelby of the Romulus Police Department.

Police say that on June 20, he broke into the woman’s room at a Days Inn near the airport, shortly after she was dropped off with her colleagues.

The sexual assault allegedly happened during a layover in Romulus, officials at Air Georgian, the flight attendant’s employer, have said.

Investigators said he loitered in the lobby before disappearing from view of cameras.

Soon after, the victim reported she had been assaulted, authorities said. It was not clear how the suspect allegedly gained entry to her room.

He is charged with criminal sexual conduct first degree, criminal sexual conduct third degree and home invasion first degree.

The man, who is on probation until March 2017, has a criminal history that dates back to drug and gun charges in 1990, according the Michigan Department of Corrections.

His list of convictions include several more drug charges throughout the early 90s, and two separate charges of assaulting police officers in 2010 in Dearborn Heights and Westland in 2014.

jdickson@detroitnews.com