Man accused of using blow torch during sexual assault due in court

(WXYZ) - A man accused of using a blow torch while trying to sexually assault a woman on Detroit's west side is due in court Saturday.

The man, a 23-year-old Detroit resident, is scheduled to be arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus.

Police say he is responsible for a gruesome sexual assault early Wednesday morning near Plymouth and Meyers.

The victim told police she was walking near a gas station when the man approached her with a gun and forced her inside his car.

He parked, beat the woman, took off her clothes and used a blow torch to burn her feet, according to police.

Police say she was able to get away by stabbing the man in the eye with a screwdriver.

The man was arrested later in the week when police were responding to a home invasion and noticed one of the suspects matched the description of the suspect involved in the sexual assault.

Police say the man had been wearing an eye patch, possibly to cover up the injury from the screwdriver.

Police are investigating whether the man is also behind two other sexual assaults in Detroit in July 2013. In both of those cases, the suspect used a blow torch to burn his victims, according to police.

Saturday, the man is only expected to face charges in the incident from Wednesday.

He is facing eight counts, including torture and intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

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