Two men charged in kidnapping, robbery, rape spree
Two Detroit men have been charged in a rash of robberies and sexual assaults in Detroit, Highland Park and on the Detroit/Hamtramck border in which women say they were snatched off their bikes and raped, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.
The incidents have been widely publicized and one of the alleged victims wrote about her attack in a post that went viral on Facebook.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Aaron Rashard Stewart, 22, and Quentin Davon Flemons, 19, both of Detroit with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and other offenses.
Both are charged in an incident that occurred in Hamtramck around 6 p.m. Oct. 8.
Stewart and Flemons are accused of kidnapping a 27-year-old Hamtramck woman who was riding her bicycle near Denton and St. Aubin streets.
The woman told authorities she forced her into a vehicle and taken to an abandoned property in the 1600 block of Leslie, where she was assaulted and robbed before escaping.
Stewart is charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, receiving and concealing stolen property-motor vehicle, receiving and concealing stolen property-firearm, felony firearm, unarmed robbery and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device. Flemons has been similarly charged.
Both also are charged in an incident in Highland Park involving an alleged kidnapping.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Stewart allegedly pulled a 31-year-old Highland Park woman off her bike near Second Avenue and West McNichols around 3 a.m. July 18, 2016 and sexually assaulted and robbed her.
In that case, Stewart is charged with kidnapping, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and related charges. Flemons has been charged with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, unarmed robbery and stealing.
They also are charged in an incident around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in Detroit. Stewart and Flemons allegedly kidnapped a 24-year-old Detroit woman from her bicycle on East Milwaukee near Orleans in Midtown, forced her into a vehicle, robbed and sexually assaulted her, then released her.
In the Detroit case, both were charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, unarmed robbery and associated charges. Stewart was arraigned Oct. 13 in the Detroit case and Flemons was arraigned Monday.
Both men were arraigned Thursday via video in Hamtramck and Highland Park on the new charges.
Stewart was jailed on a $1 million cash surety bond, while Flemons received one for $500,000. Stewart and Plemons are due in court on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, respectively, for preliminary exams in the Detroit case.