Detroit police record steep rise in sexual assault cases so far in 2021: What to know

DETROIT – Police arrested a 63-year-old woman in western Detroit for sexual assault.

The woman was beaten and sexually assaulted in the overgrown front yard of an abandoned church 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. She is still in the hospital and on life support. According to the police, a tip from the population led to the suspect.

The attack underscores a dramatic increase in sexual assault this year in Detroit.

“One important statistic I want the panel to be aware of is sexual assault incidents,” said Detroit Police Chief James White.

White said the city’s sex crimes increased 22%. He said the tip was worrying.

“Because last year was such an anomaly with COVID and people were protected on the spot – they had no way of reporting. They didn’t have a normal interaction. Young people weren’t in school. People didn’t have the same opportunities to report as they did in 2019, “White said.


In 2019, 772 sexual assaults were reported. In 2019 there were only 562 cases. This year the number has already risen to 714.

Police said they focused on and reduced the number of sex crimes.

“When we have trends that suggest we have a sexual predator or something along those lines, we need to focus on them consistently. And the data and information we have right now just doesn’t back it up, ”White said.

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