Volunteers hit the streets looking for suspected serial rapist

Volunteers are combing the streets in northwest Detroit.

Volunteers are pounding the pavement to track down a rapist.

The northwest Detroit effort looking for a suspect believed to be involved with as many as six rapes, continued on Friday.

Each day the man pictured in a police sketch suspected of rapes of six women in two weeks is on the streets, these folks say they will be out, as well.

Detroit police say they're still asking for tips on the light complected man, about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and 275 pounds. He is thought to be 25-40 years old and was seen wearing a black hoodie and faded jeans.

"He has to be caught," said Rev. Malik Shabazz, activist. "We're not safe. Our women, our children are not safe."

From Santa Rosa to Stoepel, San Juan to Curtis to Monica, flyers were given out up and down Detroit's northwest side. Volunteers, crime stoppers, police alerted women every day this week.

"What he's inflicting in these neighborhoods and in women, is terror," said one volunteer.

One woman walking to the grocery store on Seven Mile and Livernois Friday, brought a friend with her she says, to stay safe.

Victims are coming forward. One in particular, mother of seven Joya Porties, who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted March 24. Held at gunpoint, Porties escaped by jumping from a moving car. 

While in another incident he made a victim gargle with bleach.

"That's terrible," said resident Edward Robins. "One way or another they're going to get him."

"It's pretty terrifying," said volunteer Deborah Williams. "I'm nervous about going out, walking my dog. You are constantly looking over your shoulder."

Police believe the suspect could become more dangerous and they aren't the only one.

"They may start moving to murder," said Shabazz, of the Marcus Garvey Movement. "Once you get started on this perversion and sickness, it doesn't stop."

Police and volunteers are asking women to be aware and alert at all times.

One volunteer offered helpful advice to women who feel like they may be vulnerable.

"Have your keys ready, it is a weapon and can be used," he said. "You have your car alarm, use your car alarm. Be aware of your surroundings."

Crime Stoppers is still offering a $1,000 reward for information on that suspect. They also ask for volunteers to come out to Mike's Fresh Market on Seven Mile and Livernois at 2 p.m. Saturday -- to hand out more flyers and warn women.

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