Police and community members today expressed anger over three recent cases of elderly women being attacked inside their homes.
"We have to stand together with the community and say, 'Enough is enough,'" Detroit Police Interim Chief Ralph Godbee said at a press conference in front of police headquarters.
Godbee said he and residents are full of "righteous indignation" over the three incidents, which happened on consecutive days:
• At about 10 a.m. Saturday, two men broke into the southwest Detroit home of an 84-year-old woman and brutally beat her, detaching her lip and fracturing her eye socket.
• A man and woman broke into a home on Lonyo near McGraw, also in southwest Detroit, at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. The 78-year-old woman who lived there fired shots at the suspects, who fled.
• A 90-year-old woman was raped inside her home on Leslie last Thursday.
Nimrod Sherman, the 90-year-old woman's grandson, said the victim is recovering at another relative's house, "but she's devastated."
"How could someone do that to a 90-year-old woman? Anyone who would do that has no boundaries," said Sherman, who was among a crowd of about 200 people who organized a search for the suspect.
Police took a man into custody Tuesday night after the angry crowd was convinced he had information about sexual assault, and attempted to force him to answer questions.
Godbee said officers were with the citizens as "peacekeepers" and that the man scuffled with police when they attempted to take him in for questioning.
"Criminals don't give up easily," Godbee said. "There's a lot of righteous indignation over this, with both police and citizens. We're not robots; we're part of the community."
Godbee said two guns were confiscated from the man, who was not under arrest, but was being "debriefed," he said.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100818 ... z0wzauDMuH
Ok! Let's go! Time to stop this stuff for good, right? Old people are our future, I mean our past, I mean, don't hurt them anymore!
Two men who apparently stole a Meals on Wheels truck this morning pretended to offer free food to an elderly Detroit couple before attacking one and driving off with the pair’s car.
The husband and wife, both 73, told police they had just pulled into their driveway on Longfellow near Rosa Parks Boulevard around 10 a.m. when the two men pulled up in the truck and told them they were delivering free meals.
One man went to the passenger side and stole the woman’s purse, while the other hit the husband in the face and knocked him to the ground.
One of the men drove off in the couple’s burgundy Chrysler Sebring, with a license plate of 5JK C66, while the other drove the Meals on Wheels truck. Police said the meal truck was later found abandoned and still running not far from the crime scene.
http://www.freep.com/article/20100930/N ... z112DihYyi
So we should be expecting a press conference and an assembled mob to round up the perps soon, right? Can't wait.