Livonia police search for man in attempted rape of woman jogging in Edward Hines Park

Posted at 4:22 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 23:15:02-04

Livonia police are searching for a suspect in an assault on a woman in Edward Hines Park.

It happened Sunday, September 4 at around 7:25 p.m. on the Edward Hines Drive bicycle path west of Levan.

Police say the 28-year-old woman was jogging eastbound when she encountered a man walking westbound. 

As the woman tried to jog past the man, police say, he grabbed her around the neck and hit her on the side of the face. The man and the woman fought as he tried to drag her towards the Rouge River.

Police say the man tried to remove the woman's clothing and told her he wanted to have sex with her.

The woman was able to fight the man off and ran towards the east, where she was able to flag down a passing driver. She then used the driver's cell phone to call 911 and report the incident.

Police searched the area, but were unable to find the suspect.

He is described as a African American man with a muscular build, about 28-30 years old. He is 5'10" tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has short dark hair and is clean shaven.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a tight fitting black or grey compression style shirt and dark colored cargo shorts.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Livonia police at 734-466-2470.