School staffer assaulted in Southwest Detroit

Munger Elementary, middle school teacher grabbed, threatened

DETROIT – A woman fought off a man who grabbed her while she was on her way to work at Munger Elementary and Middle School in Southwest Detroit Tuesday morning and threatened to shoot her if she didn't go with him.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Martin Road and the I-94 overpass in Detroit.

Surveillance video shows the woman walking on Martin Road and then the man following behind her shortly after.

Local 4 spoke with the woman, who did not want to be identified. She said she has been walking to work early in the morning for the past five years and nothing has ever happened to her until Tuesday morning.

"He grabbed my arm. I was walking. I had just turned to go into the building so he caught me on that sidewalk and he come out behind me so he grabbed my arm and he's like, 'You're gonna come with me to the back,'" the woman said.

She refused to go with him.

"He's like, 'If you scream right now, I will shoot you. I have a gun.' I told him 'OK guess what, you're gonna shoot me because I'm not going back there with you,'" she said.

The woman told Local 4 that she decided to fight him.

"I just hauled off and elbowed him right in the stomach and I think he got startled," she said.

The man ended up running away. The woman went inside of the school and reported what happened. She hopes the man is caught soon.

"You need to be caught for real. He needs to be caught because if it was his mom or somebody, he wouldn't want that to happen to his mom or sisters or whatever. He needs to be caught and I hope they catch him," she said.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is handling the investigation and released a statement that said in part "No injuries were reported. Detroit Public Schools Community District Police Department responded immediately and is conducting a thorough investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.


About the Author:

Koco joined the Local 4 News team in September of 2016. She was born and raised in Metro Detroit, attended Central Michigan University, and previously worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.