Ecorse domestic violence victim says police won't help her

An Ecorse woman is a domestic violence victim and claims the police won't do anything about it.

An arrest warrant has been issued but police have still not picked up Shervanda Portis' husband. She's now living with threats including one giving her 48 hours.

"He had that same look in his eyes," she said. "He started tearing up the basement breaking glass tables everything says he was going to kill me."

It is a look Shervanda never imagined from her husband, Robert Portis, but she says it all changed in October, 2014. She says he came home that night to their Ecorse home on west Charlotte, grabbed her by the neck and then forced her into the basement.

Shervanda says she tried to fight  back and her daughters were forced to intervene. She claims Robert swung a steel pole at her and then smashed out every window in the house before he fleeing.

They called Ecorse police, filed a report and provided the pictures of her bruises and the damages to the house.

"The prosecutor called me and asked me if I was pressing charges, I told her yes," Shervanda said. "She sent me the paperwork and told me what they were going to charge him with."

Portis is facing four felonies - assault by strangulation, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder malicious destruction of property and domestic violence. Yet he was never arrested.

FOX 2 called Ecorse police and spoke to Sgt. Cornelius Herring asking him about this warrant and what happened. He claimed the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office never sent it over. And that there was some sort of disconnect.

FOX 2 called the prosecutor's office and got it right away. It was sent Dec. 23, 2014 - about six months ago.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office sent the warrant but the police never had the judge sign it.. 

Then on Tuesday Robert came back.

"The other night I was outside taking my granddaughter's diaper out," she said. "And he comes out of nowhere, grabs me by the neck and said he wanted to talk."

But there was no talking.

Portis forced her inside, grabbed her by the neck and pinned her up against the wall. Jealous, he grabbed her phone and accidentally dialed her mother who heard the commotion and called police.

Officers showed up and caught Portis mid-act but let him go, and when FOX 2 asked the dept about it they had no explanation.

Portis, who had already been convicted of killing his sister's boyfriend, pleaded to involuntary manslaughter and served time. 

He also has warrants out in Detroit and Dearborn and we're told those agencies also refused to pick them up. 

Ecorse police told him not to come back or he would be arrested, but Shervanda says 10 minutes later Portis came back and busted her house window out. 

The officers with the police department that us literally right across the street, nowhere to be found. And then the text threats and calls started.

Then the phone message: "In the next 48 hours I will be locked up and you will be dead," Portis said. 

"Right now I'm scared, I don't know what he's capable of," she said.

 Shervanda feels like a sitting duck and it's only a matter of time before he comes back.

She's done her part, so has the prosecutor. She's just waiting for the police to do theirs.

"I don't want to take any chances," Shervanda said. "I just want to do what I have to do, to protect myself."
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