Man suspected in serial rapes charged in 1 case

Posted at 10:07 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 19:37:38-05

A man suspected in multiple rapes on Detroit's east side has been charged in one case, according to Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Darian Winfield, 18, with First Degree Home Invasion, Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 30 where Winfield allegedly broke into a house in the 5800 block of Radnor and stabbed a 39-year-old Detroit woman with a knife in the chest.

It is believed he was intending on sexually assaulting her, but the victim fled on foot and called for help.

On Thursday, police released a sketch of the suspect, and on Friday, they said Winfield was the suspect and released a photo of him.

Less than two hours later, he was arrested while leaving his home as police were doing surveillance on him.

Right now, this is the only case Winfield has been charged in, but police believe he could be the suspect in as many as three other sexual assaults on the city's east side.

Winfield will be arraigned on those charges on Sunday morning in 34th District Court in Romulus.