47-year-old man in custody after woman fights off attacker in Oakwoods Metropark

Police say suspect still had victim's cell phone

HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 47-year-old man is in custody after a woman was nearly sexually assaulted Tuesday while jogging in the Oakwoods Metropark but fought her attacker off in Huron Township.

Darien Noel Fickling, of Romulus, is charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm.

According to police, a 26-year-old woman was jogging alone on a bike trail at about 3 p.m. when a man attacked her from behind and hit her in the face multiple times. She was knocked to the ground.

The attacker told he “was going to kill her” and attempted to sexually assault her, police said.

The woman was able to fight the man off and ran away. During the assault, the man stole the woman's cell phone.

She ran to the 28000 block of South Huron Road and called police from a resident’s home. Police relayed the suspect’s description to patrol units.

Nineteen minutes later, the suspect was found on the bike trial, still in possession of the woman’s cell phone, according to police.

"The real hero in this incident is the brave victim who fought off her attacker and was able to get help,” Huron Township police Chief Everette Robbins said. “Without her efforts who knows what the end result would have been."

The woman was taken to Henry Ford Hospital.

The suspect was taken into custody. A warrant request was sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

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