Community takes to the streets looking for Detroit rapist

A group of volunteers led by sexual assault survivor Joya Porties, passed out fliers to help police catch the suspect still at large.
After her kidnapping and sexual assault March 24, Joy Porties is not hiding.

The sexual assault survivor has taken to the streets passing out fliers to help catch the suspect - and a community has joined her to help.

"This is ridiculous, this has to stop," said Barry Ross, a community activist. "When is it going to stop."

Outrage and disappointment were just a few of the emotions on display by Detroit volunteers Friday. The large group  gathered near San Juan and Curtis streets passing out hundreds of fliers. On the fliers was a police sketch of the suspect who sexually assaulted Porties.

"This is how you take your power back," Porties said. "You move your feet, you just don't do lip service. You put action behind your words."

Porties went public to tell her story to FOX 2 Thursday. She said the man in the sketch carjacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint March 24. 

Porties jumped from a moving car, surviving to get home to her seven children.

"Anytime you don't feel safe stepping out of your front door in your own neighborhood, you are being terrorized," she said. "We shouldn't have to live like that."

Detroit police say the light complected black man in the sketch, described as 5-feet-10 inches to 6-feet tall is about 25 to 40 years old and weighs  275 pounds.

Investigators warn that he is on the run, extremely dangerous and may be connected to another assault in the area.

"It's right by my house," said Patrice Young of Crime Stoppers. "I have other family members who live not too far (from here) and I immediately called them."

Another man told FOX 2 - he believes his adult daughter and her two friends were kidnapped and raped by the same man.

In that incident, the suspect held  a revolver, reportedly pretending to carry out a hit on the victims. This happened blocks away on Monica Street and only five days after Porties was taken.

Brandon Norris, a community activist says, "It really infuriates me, it definitely touched me emotionally just to think about an innocent woman," Norris said. "We should be here as a community to protect our women that are being sodomized and being raped. 

"It's very important that as a unit we come out here, and that we're organized standing up for what's right and for justice."

Those living in the area say enough is enough, with a warning to the suspect, before he strikes again.

"You can't go on running and hiding," said Ross. "We are going to find you."

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