Good Samaritan accused of kidnapping, sexual assault bound over for trial

Jovon Boykins charged with kidnapping, 2 counts of criminal sexual assault


DETROIT – A Detroit man accused of acting like a good Samaritan to kidnap a young woman into his car and commit sexual assault was in court Monday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Jovon Boykins, Sr., 35, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

The preliminary hearing was held before Judge Deborah Langston. Boykins was bound over for trial.

What happened

An 18-year-old woman had fought with her boyfriend July 10 on Detroit’s west side. It is alleged that Boykins and another man acted as good Samaritans and broke up the fight.

The woman attempted to walk home from the area of Plymouth Road and Hubbell Avenue.

The good Samaritan told the woman that Boykins was a good man and that he was a member of the church, according to authorities.

Police said the good Samaritan convinced the woman to let Boykins drive her home in his Pontiac Grand Prix.

Instead of taking the woman home, Boykins allegedly took her to the Zoom gas station on Plymouth Road before driving to a vacant house on Foley Street against her will and sexually assaulting her.

A massive manhunt was spurred across the city as authorities worked to find a suspect.

Weeks later, a man matching the description and driving a silver Pontiac Grand Prix entered the Zoom gas station on Plymouth Road and questioned gas station employees about why they released his picture to police. Local 4’s Lauren Podell was at the gas station when he walked in.
The man fled the gas station, but police found the Grand Prix nearby on Marlowe Street. Boykins turned himself in to police and was held on unrelated charges.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault July 28.