On New Year’s Day, a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man who offered to help the woman and her husband, whose vehicle was stalled on the side of the road.
The couple’s vehicle was stranded at Findlay and Dresden. According to Detroit police, the victim, who is 55 years old, and her 63 year old husband were approached by the man who offered them help as they were sitting in the stalled vehicle.
News reports indicate that the man then demanded money and revealed a weapon, also committing first-degree sexual assault during the incident. He then fled the scene of the crime. The woman was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released; her husband was not injured in the incident.
Detroit police have since released a sketch of the suspect, who they believe is approximately 25 to 30 years old. At the time of the alleged crime, the suspect, who has a light moustache and beard and medium to dark complexion, was said to be wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans, a dark blue coat and black baseball cap with an orange bill. He is said to be stocky built, and about 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Police ask anyone who may have information about the suspect to call their sex crimes unit at 313-596-1950.
Depending on a number of factors, the alleged suspect in this case could face extremely serious consequences if charged with rape or first-degree criminal sexual conduct. As Michigan sexual assault attorneys, we understand the impact that a conviction on serious sex crimes have on an individual’s freedom, reputation, and career. While the penalties may include substantial prison time and monetary fines, being labeled and required to register as a sex offender is perhaps the most harsh punishment of all.
If you have been arrested or charged with any sex-related offense including rape, sexual assault, criminal sexual conduct, internet sex crimes or even child pornography, consult with a skilled and capable Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer immediately; it is essential to your freedom.