Detroit Police search for man in sex assault of elderly woman

Detroit Police are searching for a suspect wanted for the sexual assault of a 78-year-old woman earlier this week.

The Detroit Police Department is searching for a man wanted for breaking into a home on the city's east side earlier this week and sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman. 

According to Detroit police, a man broke into a home on Lodewyck, just north of Chandler Park Drive between Cadieux and Canyon, around 10:15 a.m. on June 20. 

Once inside, police said the 78-year-old woman confronted him before he assaulted her and pushed her to the floor. Once knocked over, police said he then pulled her pants down and then ran off.

Police said the man was wearing a red jogging suit with white stripes on the side, a white T-shirt, and white tennis shoes.

During an update on this case and another one, Police Chief James White said they will use everything at their disposal to arrest the suspect.

"We will tirelessly pursue and constitutionally pursue this person who is responsible for this act. We will put every resource out here in this community to identify the person who victimized this person. It's unacceptable," White said.

The police chief was joined by community activist Malik Shabazz who said the suspect shouldn't just fear the police.

"It's no longer the police that you have to concern yourself with. It is the community that is working with the police. We will find you, we will isolate you, we will make sure you go where you should be, which is behind prison," Shabazz said. "We have a problem. We need to be honest about that fact that we have a problem. Black lives have to matter not only to the White House, not only to Wall Street, not only to brothers and sisters of another hue, but first - it has to matter to our people."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Detroit Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at 313-596-1950 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.