21-year-old wanted in serial Detroit rapes charged

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Tuesday that a 21-year-old has been arrested and charged with multiple sex crimes related to a string of sexual assaults in the city dating back to 2008.

Michael Sykes, 21, was charged Tuesday with two sexual assault cases. One from March 2008 and the other from March of this year. He is suspected by police to be the northwest Detroit rapist.

According to the charges, the 2008 rape was reported in an alley at Wisconsin and Cortland in Detroit. Two women, 25 and 26, were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and robbed.

The second case is from March 29 near Fenkell and Schaefer. Officials say Sykes kidnapped, sexually and physically assaulted and robbed three women, 19, 20, and 21.

Combined, he has been charged with five counts of kidnapping, 15 counts of criminal sexual conducts, three counts of felonious assault and felony firearm, and two counts of unarmed robbery.

"I would like to commend the work of the Detroit Police Department, but our work is not done. We will continue to investigate any other cases related to this suspect," said Prosecutor Worthy.

Sykes is expected to be arraigned on both cases on Wednesday at 10 a.m. 
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