Detroit’s police chief says “enough is enough.” There’s a new push on to combat crimes against the elderly after three women were attacked.
Police are particularly concerned following the rape of a 90-year-old woman in her home and the assault of an 84-year-old woman after two suspects broke into her house.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said both he and city residents are full of “indignation” over the incidents, which happened on three consecutive days.
Detroit police, community leaders and a relative of one of the victims joined forces Wednesday to ask for the public’s help in bringing those responsible for the brutal attacks to justice.
Nimrod Sherman, of Detroit, lives with his grandmother, but wasn’t home when the attackers broke into the house and brutally assaulted her.
“She was asleep, otherwise a restful sleep, until she woke up and these monsters were on top of her in the room,” Sherman said.
“For this to happen, something so brutal, to a 90-year-old lady is just completely unacceptable,” Sherman said.
“These people clearly have no boundaries, which means that they’ll do that to her, they’ll do it again,” he said. “This could have been your grandmother, your mother, your great-grandmother, your aunt — for that matter, a child.”
In addition to the attack, the thieves stole cash and three guns.
A man now in custody is believed to be linked to home invasions, but no tie to the three assault cases has yet been established.
Anyone with information that can help investigators should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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