Crime

Good Samaritans Help Police Catch Rape Suspect

| by Brendan Kelly
Jermaine MartinJermaine Martin

After a man in a Detroit neighborhood helped a group break up a fight between a woman and her boyfriend, he allegedly took her to an abandoned home, where he raped her.

An 18-year-old woman got into a fight in the street with her boyfriend on July 10. Several bystanders saw what was happening and came to help the young woman. 

One of the men who came to help was accompanied by a woman. The man told the victim he could drive her home. The woman with him vouched for the man, saying that he is a member of her church and that he is a good man.

The victim then got into his car, but she wasn't taken home. The man reportedly drove her to a gas station before they went to an abandoned house about a mile away.

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At the abandoned house, the young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by the man. Immediately after the assault, she ran to a woman's house nearby for help.

"She just had on a T-shirt and nothing else," the unidentified woman told WJBK. "She was crying hysterically. You could see it on her face."

After neighbors called police, officers took photos of the suspect's 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was parked at the gas station he stopped at with the victim. 

On July 27, a group of real good Samaritans took action to help the victim. Jermaine Martin told WXYZ that he recognized the suspect from a sketch when he saw him inside a gas station.

"I wanted to get him. I wanted to get him. I'm tired of hearing about girls getting raped," Martin told WJBK. "If he's out here raping women he should be dealt with!"

Immediately after spotting the man, Martin ran across the street, where an off-duty police officer was getting his hair cut. He told the officer what was going on.

Martin and a group of his friends then followed the suspect and confronted him outside of a home nearby.

"When I pulled up on him I just wanted to hop out and snatch him," Martin said. 

"I asked him did he rape the girl and we told him detectives were already on their way," Martin's friend Ian told WJBK.

Minutes later, the off-duty officer Martin spoke to showed up with back up and knocked on the man's door, arresting him on the spot.

According to Martin, the suspect, whose name has not been released, tried to deny the accusations, but the officers didn't believe him.

"Because I could see the fear in his eyes -- I could see that he was shaking and everything," he said.

News quickly spread through the neighborhood. The woman who helped the victim on the night she was raped spoke to WJBK after learning the suspect had been caught.

"They actually had the courage to chase him down and make sure that car stay there. Thank you," she said.

Martin and his friends who helped him wanted to send a message to the victim.

"God bless you. Sorry that happened to you," Martin said. "I wish I could've been there when it was happening I would've helped you. I would've done whatever -- I would have out my life on the line."

Sources: WJBK, WXYZ/YouTube / Photo credit: WJBK

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