Police: Gunman rapes woman after truck breaks down in Detroit - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Police: Gunman rapes woman after truck breaks down in Detroit

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE: Detroit police released a sketch Thursday night of the man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in front of her husband. See the photo to the right.

By Amy Lange
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- A vehicle broke down on New Year's Eve.  A woman and her husband, a stroke patient, were inside.  Another man walked up and offered assistance, but he was there to harm, not help.

"I was like they... abandoned another car and then we [saw] the blowout.  We said oh, they had a break down, so that's all we knew," said Wanda Musgrove-Spearman.

She rang in the New Year at her church and was coming home early Tuesday morning when she saw a truck broken down at Bradford and Findlay on the city's east side.  She didn't know that around 12:00 a.m. a man had done the unthinkable, pretending he wanted to help the married couple with car troubles.  Instead, police say he pulled out a gun and raped the 55-year-old woman in the back seat.  Her husband, a recent stroke victim, couldn't help her.  The rapist then stole their money and jewelry and ran off.

All this just blocks away from the Eastern District, and women in this neighborhood are worried.

"They need the cops to patrol this area more.  They're right there, you know what I'm saying?  It's just awful," said Renee Young.

The rapist is described as a black male in his twenties, 6'2" tall with a medium complexion, weighing 180 pounds and wearing all black.

"Please catch him," Young said.  "I'm a single parent.  I don't sleep [well] at night knowing that this rapist is here around us."

"They don't have regard for human life, and the city just needs to come together and pray and just look out for their neighbors," said Musgrove-Spearman.

Detroit Police are working on a sketch of the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to call the sex crimes unit at (313) 596-1950 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • New lawyer comes aboard in Bashara case

    New lawyer comes aboard in Bashara case

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:33:50 GMT
    A man charged with arranging the murder of his wife at their suburban Detroit home has a new lawyer.
    A man charged with arranging the murder of his wife at their suburban Detroit home has a new lawyer.
  • Mary Barra speaks with industry insiders ahead of NY auto show

    Mary Barra speaks with industry insiders ahead of NY auto show

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:39:46 GMT
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke with industry insiders this week ahead of the auto show in New York.
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke with industry insiders this week ahead of the auto show in New York.
  • Utash talking more, confused after awaking from coma

    Utash talking more, confused after awaking from coma

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:17:50 GMT
    Steven Utash, the suburban Detroit motorist brutally beaten after he stopped to help a boy he accidentally hit with his pickup truck, continues his lengthy recovery after waking from a coma on Friday. Utash had been in a medically induced coma for days following the April 2 incident on Detroit's east side.His son, Joseph Utash, tells FOX 2's Amy Lange his father has moments of clarity, along with moments of confusion. Joseph says his father is confused about where he works, among other things...
    Steven Utash, the suburban Detroit motorist brutally beaten after he stopped to help a boy he accidentally hit with his pickup truck, continues his lengthy recovery after waking from a coma on Friday. Utash had been in a medically induced coma for days following the April 2 incident on Detroit's east side.His son, Joseph Utash, tells FOX 2's Amy Lange his father has moments of clarity, along with moments of confusion. Joseph says his father is confused about where he works, among other things...
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Oakland Co. fighting the growing heroin epidemic

    Oakland Co. fighting the growing heroin epidemic

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:44:13 GMT
    A heroin epidemic is spreading across metro Detroit communities. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says cases are up more than 300 percent from last year, and that appears to be the trend everywhere.
    A heroin epidemic is spreading across metro Detroit communities. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says cases are up more than 300 percent from last year, and that appears to be the trend everywhere.
  • Jayru Campbell readmitted to Cass Tech

    Jayru Campbell readmitted to Cass Tech

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:41:37 GMT
    A spokesperson for Detroit Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon Jayru Campbell has been readmitted to Cass Tech.
    A spokesperson for Detroit Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon Jayru Campbell has been readmitted to Cass Tech.
  • Woman suspected of robbing 8 banks in custody

    Woman suspected of robbing 8 banks in custody

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:18:35 GMT
    A woman is in custody after the FBI believes she robbed multiple banks across metro Detroit.
    A woman is in custody after the FBI believes she robbed multiple banks across metro Detroit.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices