A group of men raped two women in separate but similar encounters in Detroit’s west side as their male companions were stripped of their clothing and personal belongings, before being forced to watch, local reports said.
One of the latest assaults involved six men who cornered a 21-year-old woman and 22-year-old man late Thursday and ordered them into a secluded alley by gunpoint.
The pair had been walking together when they encountered the suspects at about 10 p.m. in the 13000 block of West McNichols Road, according to authorities.
“The male victim was forced to watch the female victim get sexually assaulted. Their clothing was taken,” Detroit Police Deputy Chief Charles Fitzgerald told the Detroit News on Friday.
The suspects fled on foot leaving the victims partially naked.
“I seen the girl first,” a man, who witnessed the first couple fleeing for help, told WDIV-TV in Detroit. “She was running. She had on a little black tank top and nothing on under.”
He watched the victim dash into a store with her male partner close behind wearing only his boxers.
“Her face was just frantic,” the witness added. “His face was the same as hers.”
The second assault occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday, and was perpetrated by four men along McNichols Road with one suspect believed to be connected to the first rape. The victims were a 19-year-old woman and 21-year-old man.
Police sketchings of three suspects have been released by Detroit investigators.
Both sexual assaults are believed to be similar to a prior encounter on July 11 that left a woman raped and a man robbed.
SOURCE: NICOLE HENSLEY
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