• Your Voice 24 Hour Crime Report: Detroit Community Outraged At Slow Pace Of Rape Investigation

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    Detroit community frustrated with pace of rape investigation

    (WXYZ) – Community members in one Detroit neighborhood took matters into their own hands and beat an accused rapist of a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome after they say Detroit Police failed to respond.

    Friday marks the 23rd day without an arrest after the 15-year-old victim said a man grabbed her while she was walking to work, took her to his apartment and raped her in early July.

    The suspect lives in the same neighborhood as the victim. Members of the Hubbard Farms community say the man has mental health issues. They posted his face on flyers around the neighborhood to warn others.

    Family friend of the victim, Megan Herres says the teen waited for seven hours at the hospital for Detroit Police to administer a rape kit. She reportedly waited five days before police interviewed her about the sexual assault and 21 days until Detroit Police sent the rape kit to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

    “That’s just not acceptable,” said Herres.  “DPD, we want to see an effort toward sexual assaults of minors,” she continued “It’s not good to live in a community where people don’t feel safe.”

    Other community members were equally outraged at what they believed was a lack of response by Detroit Police and on Monday took matters into their own hands. The community beat the accused rapist with a baseball bat so badly he needed to go to the hospital.

    Herres said vigilante justice is not the answer, but frustrations grew and boiled over. “There was a lot of community response in asking the police for their assistance in apprehending the perpetrator and it wasn’t happening in a timely manner,” said Herres.

    When 7 Action News asked officials why the investigation was taking so long, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said they have asked Detroit Police for more evidence and are waiting to determine if charges will be brought.

    Detroit Police say the prosecutor’s office is waiting on DNA. The MSP crime lab does have the rape kit and are expediting it. When we told Detroit Police we wanted a reason for the delay, a police spokesperson told 7 Action News, “We are looking into this.”

    The condition of the accused rapist is unknown at this time. Community members say his family checked him into a facility of some sort.

    Herres says the teen victim is doing the best she can and she has her family and an entire community rallying behind her.

    JAMES E. CRAIG
    Chief of Police

    Release Date:  August 10, 2013

       MCSR 08.08

    24-HOUR MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

    August 08, 2013 – 6:01 a.m. to August 09, 2013 – 6:00 a.m.

    NOTE: The following summaries are allegations of incidents that have been reported and are under investigation.

     

    Thursday, 08/08/13 – 10:25 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Burgess and Florence, the suspects produced a weapon, approached  the male victim, 66 and attempted to rob him.  The victim (CPL Holder) pulled out his weapon and shots were exchanged between the two. The victim received a gunshot wound to the body and was listed in serious condition.  One suspect also received a gunshot wound to the body and was listed in temporary serious condition. The second suspect fled from the location.

    ARRESTED:

    Suspect:  Black male, 21.

    WANTED:  Black male, 20s, 130 lbs, mustache, wearing a black tee-shirt, blue jeans and armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

    Thursday, 08/08/13 – 12:20: p.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Ardmore and Seven Mile, the male victim, 27, was walking outside, when the suspects exited a vehicle (white, newer model Chevy Impala) and physically assaulted him.  One suspect fired a shot striking the victim in the body.  He was listed in temporary serious condition.

    WANTED:

    Suspect # 1:  Black male, 20s, 5’-11”, 140 lbs, light complexion, green eyes, wearing a half black mask and armed

    .Suspects:  #2 and # 3:  Black males.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

     

    Thursday, 08/08/13 – 2:34 p.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    In the 19200 block of Yacama, the male victim, was discovered laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his body.  The victim was listed in serious condition.  The circumstances pertaining to this incident are unknown at this time.

    WANTED:

    Unknown suspect:  Armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

     

    Thursday, 08/08/13 – 4: 35 p.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    In the 19300 block of Ferguson, the male victim, 18, was participating in a game when the suspect fired a shot.  The victim received a gunshot would and was listed in temporary serious condition. The circumstances pertaining to this incident are unknown at this time.

    WANTED:

    Unknown suspect:  Armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

    Thursday, 08/08/13 – 10:55 p.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Pinehurst and Pilgrim, the male victim, 36, was walking outside, when the suspect exited a vehicle (black, SUV), and fired shots.  The victim received a gunshot wound and was listed in temporary serious condition.

    WANTED:

    Suspect:  Black male, dark complexion, wearing all brown and armed. 

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

      

    Friday, 08/09/13 – 12:25 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At West Vernor and 25th, the male victim, 22, was discovered lying on the street, unresponsive.  He had received gunshot wounds to his body, and has died.

    WANTED:

    Unknown Suspect:  Armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

     

    Friday, 08/09/13 – 12:20 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Burnette and Tireman, the male victim, 49, was walking, when the suspects exited a vehicle, and robbed him.  The suspects fired shots, striking the victim.  He received a grazed wound and was listed in temporary serious condition.

    WANTED:

    Suspects # 1 – #3:  Black males, and armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

     

    Friday, 08/09/13 – 2:15 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At West Seven Mile and Moreland, the female victim, 22, was walking when the suspects exited  a vehicle (green, 2-door, Ford Escort), and took her personal property.  She was not injured.

    WANTED:

    Suspects # 1 – # 3:  Black males.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

     

    Friday, 08/09/13 – 2:30 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Lahser and West Six Mile, the male victim, 29, was involved in an altercation with the suspects at the local gas station.  As the suspects walked across the street, they fired shots, striking the victim in his body.  He was listed in good condition.

    WANTED:

    Suspects # 1 – # 3:  Black males, and armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at telephone number:  313-596-5240.

    Friday, 08/09/13 – 2:35 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    At Chalfonte and Petoskey, the male victim, 47, was walking outside when the suspects approached and demanded his personal property.  The suspects escaped in a vehicle (silver, 2007, Chrysler Sebring).  The victim was not injured.

    WANTED:

    Suspects #1-#3:  Black males, and armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Homicide at telephone number:  313-596-2260.

    MCRS 08.08

     Anyone with information on these criminal crimes can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK- UP (1-800-773-2587), online: www.1800speakup.org or Text:  CSM and your tips to CRIMES (274637); on stolen vehicle related crimes, citizens can call H.E.A.T (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts)  at 1-800-242-HEAT (1-800-242-4328). 

     

    For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Information at 313-596-2200.

     
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