Witness says she saw naked Cleaves chase woman

Posted at 10:24 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 10:04:17-04

Someone claiming to be a witness tells 7 Action News she was there the night Mateen Cleaves allegedly sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Mundy Township.

Prosecutors say it happened during the early morning hours of September 15th of last year.

They say Cleaves took the woman to a motel, which we've learned was the Knights Inn on Grand Blanc Road, after co-hosting a charity golf event earlier in the day.

The witness tells us the woman tried escaping Room 121 three times, running outside with little to no clothes, but was allegedly chased down by a naked Cleaves.The witness also claimed it was all caught on surveillance video.

We talked to the owner of the motel, who confirmed detectives looked at surveillance, but wouldn't say if it led to any evidence.

Cleaves' attorney says he's innocent, claiming the witness we talked to has no credibility. Frank Manley called the charges for sex assault and unlawful imprisonment outrageous.

He also wondered how the former MSU basketball star and Detroit Pistons draft pick will ever get his reputation back.

Wayne County is now handling the case, and we're told it did its own investigation from scratch. The case will still be held in Genesee County.

We've also learned renowned criminal defense attorney Steve Fishman is on the case.

Cleaves is scheduled to turn himself in Thursday morning.