#childsafety | Detroit police seek man in rape of girl, 9, from Farmington Hills


Detroit — A manhunt is underway for a man accused of picking up a 9-year-old Farmington Hills girl who was lost, driving her to a house on Detroit’s west side and sexually assaulting her.

The incident happened between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday as the girl was walking near Eight Mile and Grand River in Farmington Hills, police said Wednesday at a press conference at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

“This case is every parent’s nightmare — including my own,” Detroit police Chief James White said.

White said Detroit and Farmington Hills police will beef up patrols in the area where the kidnapping and assault happened until the man is captured.

As the girl walked near the Detroit-Farmington Hills border, the man picked her up and asked if she needed help, Detroit police said in a press release.

“The girl told police she got in the suspect’s car and quickly realized he was driving in the wrong direction,” the release said. “The suspect took her to an unknown home, took her inside, and assaulted her.”



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