63-year-old woman crushed, sexually assaulted outside vacant church in Detroit

DETROIT – A 63-year-old woman was beaten and sexually assaulted in the overgrown front yard of an abandoned Detroit church.

Volunteers searched the neighborhood looking for a suspect. People in the community also printed out Crime Stoppers posters and went to the area where the crime occurred to distribute the posters.

The attack occurred on Saturday (November 20) in the Joy Road and Martindale Street area. The police said the woman was left in the empty yard all night until she was found the next morning.

Darius Stewart is friends with the victim and knows her family.

“It was shocking because that doesn’t usually happen in this church,” said Stewart.

The victim has been in a coma for days and may not be recovering as well as everyone in the neighborhood had hoped.


“Everyone I know saw what happened. And I spoke to one of her family members this morning and they said she was not okay, ”Stewart said.

Community members plan to return to the area on Thursday between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to explore the area again.

Detroit Police are investigating.

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