Police release sketch of serial rape suspect

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 15:51:24-05

Detroit police say they are investigating a number of rapes that may be connected to a serial rapist.

Police believe at least four rape cases on Detroit's east side may be connected to the same suspect.

A sketch was released today in connection to an attempted rape and stabbing that took place last month on Radnor Street. In that case, a man entered a home through a window while a woman slept. She was critically injured after the rape attempt and stabbing.

Police say the man was armed with a kitchen knife in the Radnor Street attack. They described the suspect as a black male between the ages of 17 and 23. They say he was 5'8", 135 to 140 pounds. He is described as having a small build, dark complexion, a light fuzzy mustache and a piercing in his right nostril. Police say he had corn row hair.

Today, police in Detroit said the rape cases may be related to a December case in which a woman was slashed by an attacker in Grosse Pointe Park.

In the Grosse Pointe Park case, police said a man severely slashed a woman and then fled on foot into Detroit. The victim said she believed the man had followed her. That knife attack happened in the area of Cadieux and Charlevoix, one block southwest of Mack Ave.

At the time, the suspect in the slashing was described as a black male in his early 20s, about 6'1" to 6'2" tall with a very thin build.