Detroit’s Black Rape Gangs Target Couples
Victims forced into alleys, men made to watch sex assault on female companions
IN A DEVELOPING story, a gang of rapists in Detroit is terrorizing citizens in the crime-ridden city. Detroit police are looking for as many as six suspects after two rape and robbery incidents occurred on Thursday night within hours of each other. The same group may be responsible for a similar incident on July 11. (ILLUSTRATION: Composite sketches of rape suspects.)
Local news reports, which carefully concealed the race of the suspects, reported that in all three incidences a couple was forced into an alley at gunpoint, after which the woman was raped while the man was forced to watch.
“It’s horrifying,” Deputy Chief Charles Fitzgerald told the Detroit News. “You try to teach people to walk in pairs, and (the victims) did.”
The first incident happened when a 21-year-old female and a 22-year-old male were approached by six men.
“One of the suspects produced a gun, pointed it at both victims and advised them to go to an alley,” said Fitzgerald. “Both victims complied. They were forced to the ground. The male victim was forced to watch the female victim get sexually assaulted. Their clothing was taken.”
In the same area less than two hours later, virtually the same scenario occurred with a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, although this incident involved four perpetrators, not six. Fitzgerald said the man was robbed and the clothing of both victims also was taken.
Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said police aren’t certain if the third incident on July 11 is connected, but the circumstances were similar.
In descriptions of the suspects, references to race were omitted:
- Suspect one in Thursday’s incidents was described as a 5-foot, 8-inch-tall male in his early 20s, with a medium complexion, mustache and goatee. He wore a dark blue Polo jogging suit with a red emblem.
- Suspect two in the July 11 incident was described as a 5-foot, 8-inch male with a light complexion, 21 years old and 200 pounds with a mustache, beard and goatee. He wore a black hoodie and black jogging pants, and was armed with a handgun.
- Suspect three in the July 11 incident was described as an approximately 6-foot-tall male, early 20s, in a black hoodie, black jogging pants and white Air Jordan shoes.
Fitzgerald warned residents to be cautious. “Use your sixth sense,” he said. “If something doesn’t feel right, run to a nearby store or something.”
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