Police have possible suspect in sex assault of 18-year-old in custody thanks to Good Samaritans

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 17:27:05-04

Just hours after a crime alert about a rape went out, police have a possible suspect in custody - thanks to a couple of Good Samaritans. 

In the case Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to find the man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in Detroit on July 10.

According to a news release, the victim reportedly had a fight with her boyfriend at a gas station on Plymouth and Hubbell when a Good Samaritan stepped in to break up the commotion. It was then that the suspect pulled up in his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and offered to give the victim a ride.

The Good Samaritan reportedly told the woman to go with the man as she had recognized him from her church. The suspect is then accused of driving the woman to a vacant home where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Following the assault she was helped by a neighbor, who also called police. 

Crime Stopper put out a news release about the assault Wednesday. In it the suspect was described as a black man in his late 30s or early 40s, about 6'0" tall and 180 pounds with a medium build. He has dark brown eyes, a bald head and a missing front tooth. He was seen wearing a light colored short sleeve shirt with a collar, blue jeans and tan and red gym shoes.

Based on that description, Jermaine Martin and his friends were able spot a man at the gas station where the suspect had been caught on surveillance tape. They followed him in Martin's car, while calling police.

Officers caught up with them, and the possible suspect at a home right around the corner. A car similar to the one police were also searching for was parked out front.

The possible suspect was taken into custody and police congratulated Martin and his friends.