Man charged for attacking woman jogging at Chippewa Valley High School

Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 11:38:59-04

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — Macomb County prosecutors have charged a 29-year-old man suspected of attacking a female jogger at Chippewa Valley High School.

Douglas Peterson was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and interfering with a crime report.

Police and prosecutors allege that on Sept. 2, 2018, Pearson chased down a female jogger around 8:30 a.m., while she ran on the school's track. The woman became concerned as Pearson approached her. He then charged the woman and began attacking her.

The woman was able to fight back, escape and called 911. Pearson took the victim's phone, ran to the parking lot and sped off in a suspected older model Ford Escape.

The state's crime lab was able to use DNA collected by Clinton Township PD to assist in identifying Pearson, prosecutors say.

“The citizens of Macomb County can rest easier with this defendant off the streets," said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. "Meanwhile, we will seek a higher bond at the next court hearing to ensure this Defendant remains incarcerated for the foreseeable future.”

Pearson was given a $50,000, 10% bond.