By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor
A 47-year-old man is in custody after he assaulted and attempted to rape a woman while she jogged alone along a trail at Oakwoods Metropark Tuesday afternoon, Huron Township police say.
Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said the attacker was riding his bike on the same trail and hid in the woods before the assault occurred.
The man then surprised the woman by attacking her from behind and striking her several times in the face before knocking her to the ground about one mile north of Will Carleton Road on the trail.
The attacker told the woman that he was going to kill her and then attempted to sexually assault her.
The woman was able to fight the man off and run for help in the 28000 block of South Huron, where police responded at about 3 p.m. after a call came into Huron Township dispatch reporting the assault.
At about 3:24 p.m., the attacker was located by Metropark police on a bike trail in Oakwoods about two miles northwest of Will Carleton Road, where he was taken into custody.
During the assault, the attacker stole the woman’s cell phone, which was found on him during the arrest.
He is being held in the Huron Township Police Department jail pending charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.
Information about the attacker will be released following his arraignment.
“The real hero in this incident is the brave victim who fought off her attacker and was able to get help. Without her efforts who knows what the end result would have been,” Robbins said.
The woman was transported to Henry Ford Hospital and is currently being treated for injuries sustained during the assault.
“This was a total team effort between our department and the Metropark Police Department. The information was relayed quickly by our dispatch staff and fortunately the suspect was contained quickly and taken into custody by two experienced Metropark Police Officers that fortunately knew the bike paths in their area very well. Without everyone’s teamwork and quick actions, this person would still be able to try and find another victim,” Robbins said.
The investigation is being handled by the Huron Township Police Department with the assistance of the Metropark Police Department.
The Metropark Police Department, according to Robbins, requested the investigation be handled by Huron Township police based on the availability and expertise of the department’s evidence technician unit, K-9 Unit, patrol staffing and detective bureau.
“This is an unfortunate reminder that monsters like this person walk amongst us every day. It is important to never go into secluded area alone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim,” said Robbins.
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