Detroit neighborhood fearful, alert after woman's sexual assault

Woman grabbed from behind by man on McCormick, taken behind vacant Detroit house


Detroit police say an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted Monday morning while she walked to a bus stop.

Police said the woman was grabbed from behind by a man in the 20500 block of McCormick and forced behind a vacant house.

No description of her attacker was given. The victim was recovering at a hospital.

"This scares me," said Kayla Jennings, who frequents the bust stop. "Thought this road was safe. Pretty major road."

Jennings is watching her back now more than ever when walking to the bus stop.

"I think I should probably get pepper spray or something to protect myself," said Jennings.

Some women in the area are canceling their daily walks because they fear a rapist is on the loose.

Neighbors have been sending the victim get-well wishes. The neighborhood watch group is increasing patrols. They hope their presence will put women at peace once again.

"All of them are fearful for their life. It's dark over here," said Darryl Thompson, of the neighborhood watch group.

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