Community activists in Detroit join search for rape suspect

The community is joining together in the search for the man suspected of raping an 18-year-old girl walking home from school on Detroit's west side. 

The alleged assault happened on December 18, 2014 near the intersection of Beechwood and Tireman avenues, which is near the Jeffries Freeway.

"A fiend was waiting on her, with a shotgun. And, at gunpoint, he took her across the street behind an abandoned house and he brutally raped her," says community activist Malik Shabazz. 

Cold temperatures didn't stop him, the Marcus Garvey movement or other neighbors Sunday. They were out passing out flyers in hopes someone will recognize the suspect. 

Shabazz has helped organize similar searches, including one for the suspect of the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Highland Park. That suspect is now behind bars awaiting trial

The minister says he will continue to seek justice, despite the frigid temperatures. 

"[The murderers, rapists and robbers] don't take vacations. The weather doesn't stop them. They're robbing, they're raping, they're jacking, they're doing domestic terrorism when it's 90 degrees and when it's 10 below zero windchill," says Shabazz. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who sexually assaulted the student. 

If you recognize the person in the composite sketch or know anything about this alleged crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. You will remain anonymous. 
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