Reward increased in search for suspect who raped 11-year-old

The search goes on for a child rapist in Highland Park.

But now the community is hoping that an increase in reward money  which is now at $4,000  helps bring the criminal to justice. 

Community activist Malik Shabazz organized another search party Friday - this one targeting the area of Fourth Street and Second.

It is a mile away from where an 11-year-old girl was abducted at gunpoint and raped in an abandoned building on Dec. 10.

There is a cash reward of information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. 

"He's a predator, out seeking and searching for children," Shabazz said. "This isn't the first time he's done it.. Unless we stop him, it won't be his last time."

Patrice Young of Crime Stoppers said she feels the story should gain national attention in case the suspect is on the run.

Shabazz said the volunteers chose the area on Friday because Police Chief Kevin Coney asked them to.

"We're also going to homeless shelters, Greyhound, Amtrak, abandoned houses and we're going to hit Detroit because he could be anywhere," Shabazz said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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