St. Clair Shores police: 16-year-old girl escapes kidnapping, sexual assault

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – Police said a 16-year-old girl escaped a kidnapping and sexual assault Monday morning in St. Clair Shores as Lake Shore Public Schools and Lakeview Public Schools sent parents warnings of an attempted abduction in the area.

READ: School districts warn St. Clair Shores parents of attempted abduction

According to police, the girl was walking to school in the 25000 block of Cubberness Street when a man grabbed her by the back of the neck and pushed her into a vehicle. She told police the man forcibly assaulted her and she was able to get away.

Here is the letter from St. Clair Shores Police:

On 11/28/16 @ approx. 6:47 am, officers from St. Clair Shores Police Dept. were gathering info from a Larceny From Auto in the 26000 block of Harmon (10 Mile & Little Mack area) when a 16 yr old female victim approached on foot explaining that she was walking to school in the 25000 block of Cubberness when a B/M in his 20's driving a dark colored 4 door Dodge Ram with chrome wheels and side steps stopped and asked her for directions. The suspect exited and grabbed the victim by the back of her neck pushing her into the drivers side of the pickup truck. The suspect drove away and began to forcibly sexually assault the victim. The victim fought back, exited the vehicle and ran.

The victim was not physically injured. The local school districts were notified. St. Clair Shores Police are currently investigating.

Suspect: Black male approx. 20's, small- 5'3", 140 lbs, clean shave, short dreads or braids, dark hoody, dark sweatpants.

Suspect Vehicle: Dark gray or black Dodge Ram 4 Door pickup truck, chrome wheels and chrome sidesteps.

Police released surveillance from a home in the area of a person of interest after a number of car break-ins on Cubberness Street.

“It’s very concerning, especially in our area,” St. Clair Shores Det. James Brueckman said. “Our top priority right now is to get this suspect off the streets because it’s very distressing that he would be out here possibly trying to abduct, young or older, just harm anyone in our community.”

Lake Shore Public Schools and Lakeview Public Schools sent letters to parents warning of the attempted abduction.

Here is the letter from the Lakeview Public Schools, which states the attempted abduction happened about 7 a.m. Monday near Cubberness and Statler: 

LOCATION: In area if Cubberness & Statler

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Black Male in his 20’s; clean shaven wearing a Seahawks winter cap (silver and green) and black zip up jacket.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: Clean black Dodge Ram Quad cab with chrome step bars.

INCIDENT: A black male in his 20's, driving a clean black Dodge Ram Quad cab with chrome step bars, stopped and asked a high school student for directions in the area of Cubberness & Statler. The suspect grabbed the victim and attempted to pull her into his vehicle. The victim fought the suspect off and was let out of the vehicle. The student ran past him towards home. The man got back in the truck and took off. Please report any suspicious activity or the sighting of this suspect to the St. Clair Shores Police Department; 586-777-6700; or for an immediate incident in progress call St. Clair Shores Police Department at 911. 

Here is the full letter from the Lake Shore school district, which includes a description of a person of interest: 

Good Morning Fellow Shorians,

Please be advised, we have received notice from the St. Clair Shores Police Department of an attempted abduction of a school aged child (not a Lake Shore Student) around the intersection of 10 Mile and Little Mack.

The person of interest was described as an African-American Male, in his 20's, wearing a black zip-up jacket and Seattle Seahawks knit hat, driving a black, Dodge Ram Quad Cab truck. 

If you have any information or see a person matching this description, please contact the St. Clair Shores Police Department.

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