Apartment Maintenance Workers Come To Woman's Rescue During Attack

| by Jonathan Constante

Police say two maintenance workers may have very well saved an elderly woman’s life after an intruder broke into her Detroit apartment and assaulted her.

Matt Rowland and Mike Huffman responded to a call last Thursday afternoon from a resident reporting a stranger in the building, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

The resident, a 64-year-old woman, had answered a knock on the door by a man asking for a ride. She shut the door on him and contacted the leasing office.

After getting the call at the leasing office, Rowland and Huffman ran to the woman’s apartment, where they found the man already inside the residence.

“What we witnessed was the suspect coming out saying that a woman had fallen,” Rowland told the news station.

But when they saw the man’s hands covered in blood, they knew that wasn’t the case.

“When I finally got her to come to (consciousness), she told me and that's when I turned to Matt,” Huffman said. “And he was already out the door to go after him.”

Huffman tended to the woman while Rowland called 911 and followed the man. He kept his eyes on the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Shadonn Jenkins, until police arrived and arrested him.

Police say Jenkins entered the woman’s apartment, punched her in the head, bit her chest, and strangled her until she lost consciousness. He is now facing charges of home invasion, strangulation and assault with intent to commit murder.

When asked if it was a normal day at the job for a maintenance worker, Huffman said it was “normal for anyone who has a good heart.”

“It's the way I would react for anyone in that situation,” Huffman added.

“That's the sort of thing you hope your neighbors would do for you if you were in that situation,” Rowland said. “So no, it didn't feel like a hero thing at all.”

Sources: Fox 2, My Fox Detroit

Photo Credit: My Fox Detroit