Volunteers hit streets looking for west side serial rapist
DETROIT - A suspected serial rapist on the loose for weeks in Detroit and community volunteers is taking matters into their own hands.
On the west side of Detroit, the Marcus Garvey Movement is on a mission.
"There are predators out here and tall need to be careful," said Minister Malik Shabazz. "When we are out here we put pressure on the rapists, the criminals. They start overthinking and changing their m.o. and police catch them."
Volunteers are going door to door on Mansfield near Fenkell, looking for the suspects police say are responsible for the string sexual assaults and robberies at gunpoint of two women last month in this neighborhood.
In both cases, the female was with a man who was forced to the ground and robbed as the women were raped.
Latwaina Kelley decided to volunteer her time to search for the suspects because she was raped as a teen
"We are going to help and try to support everybody who is going through this, because it's not a good feeling," Kelley said.
Detroit Police say their investigation continues and they are looking to see if the suspects are linked to a third sexual assault that took place on Grand River in August.
But these activists say the public should step up and help police solve these crimes.
"Many crimes are committed in the neighborhood by people who live in neighborhood," Shabazz said. "So someone knows something."
Members of the Marcus Garvey Movement say they will not stop looking for the suspects until they are in police custody.
They plan to meet back on Mansfield at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 and they want volunteers to come out and help them search.
Those who would like to volunteer should meet at 15513 Mansfield.