ROMULUS (WWJ) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in the rape of a flight attendant in Romulus.
Romulus Police Capt Darran Shelby said the 18-year-old victim was at a restaurant with some coworkers, early Monday morning. The group took a taxi and were dropped off at the Days Inn, on Middlebelt at Lucas Drive, just south of I-94, directly across from Detroit Metro Airport.
Shortly after returning to her room, the woman tells police she was sexually assaulted.
There have been no arrests in the case, but police have a suspect in mind.
The man is seen on surveillance video arriving at the hotel shortly after the victim, then loitering around. He disappears from view for a time and is later seen leaving.
Shelby said no weapons were seen and investigators do not yet know how the suspect got into the victim’s room.
“The door wasn’t damaged,” Shelby told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “So, you know, he didn’t kick the door in I don’t believe., because there’s no damage to the door itself.”
Security images were released to the media on Tuesday.
Shelby was asked about the victim’s condition.
“Reports that I have received, she was pretty shaken during the incident, but I’m not totally sure how she’s doing right now,” he said. “As anyone can imagine…a young female to go through something like that is pretty traumatizing, I’m sure.”
Shelby says police know that someone out there knows who committed what they’re calling a “heinous crime” and that investigators are committed to bringing this rapist to justice.
“This coward of a suspect who preys on innocent females is dangerous and should not be allowed to share in the same freedoms as our law-abiding citizens,” Shelby said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has any information about this case is asked to call Romulus police at 734-942-6879