Victim: 'I'll never forget his face' of accused serial rapist Michael Sykes

A suspected serial rapist was in court today, charged with two cases and more possibly on the way.

Michael Sykes, 21, was charged in two rapes, one that happened in 2008 and one that happened last month.

Prosecutors say Sykes has a violent past, charged as a juvenile in three other cases. Police say he was 14 when he attacked a 15-year-old girl in March, 2008.

Seeing the face of  Sykes in court, a 24-year-old Detroit woman who wishes to remain anonymous says she still feels panic and fear looking into his eyes.

"I will never forget his face, ever," she said. "He scarred me for life. I wanted to cry, my hands were shaking, everything."

But on Wednesday Skyes appeared relaxed during his arraignment in Wayne County Circuit Court Wednesday as he listened to 30 counts against him.

Among the charges are sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery. Prosecutors charged him for the kidnapping and rape of three women on March 29 of this year and two women on March 24, 2008.

Investigators say DNA links him to those cases.

A week before his trial in 2008, Sykes was arrested in connection to a second assault that happened on April 13, 2009, said the assistant Wayne County prosecutor Wednesday.

This woman who spoke to FOX 2 is the victim of that 2009 attack. She says Sykes, who was only 15 at the time, was still wearing an electronic tether and kidnapped her. 

He attempted to sexually assault her and her friend in Highland Park.

"Michael Sykes, he jumps in the car and has his arm around my friend's neck tells us to drive or else he'll kill us," the woman said. 

He made them drive to a field by Highland Park High School, ripped a plastic bag to use as a condom.

"He pulled his penis out and told my friend what he wanted her to do to him," the woman said.

Highland Park police say an officer interrupted Sykes who ran, but police caught him two days later. 

This woman's story, all too similar to many others like Joya Porties of Detroit who waits for DNA evidence to be processed.

"There's 2,000 rape kits that they are looking at from the past," Porties said. "Let alone, bubblegum from my car so it may be some time. I'm confident."

And as Sykes  faces life behind bars, his mother and family declares his innocence.

Sykes is being held without bond and is due back in court April 29.  But Detroit police say their work isn't over, as they wait on DNA evidence in at least two other sexual assaults in the area to see if Sykes is connected. 

The Woman's Worth event is scheduled for April 25.

"A Day of Healing through self defense and self-empowerment" will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Avenue in Detroit.

Special presentations will be held for Ta Merrian Martial Arts; The House of Bastet dance and yoga; SASHA Center; Atmospheric Training Academy, Greenhouse Foods.

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