Farmington Hills, Northville say attacks might be connected

Women both attacked Jan. 16; police release sketch

NORTHVILLE, Mich. - Police in Farmington Hills and Northville have released the sketch of a man who could be connected to two attacks involving women.

The attacks both happened Jan. 16.

Woman attacked in Northville drive away

Northville police said a 69-year-old woman had just returned to her home on Lake Street from the Northville Community Center at about 11 a.m. when a man approached her carrying a burgundy profile and asked if she wanted to take a survey.

Police said the victim questioned the type of survey and noticed that the man didn't have any type of identification such as a lanyard with an identification card or badge, so she asked to see some I.D. Police said that's the last thing the woman remembers. She woke up and realized she had been knocked out and robbed.

"This is someone who is a predator looking for easy victims. Vulnerable victims," said Northville Police Chief Gary Goss.

Police describe the man as black, in his 30s, medium build. He may have been driving a light colored, possibly tan, sedan.

Northville police can be reached at 248-349-1234.

Residents in the area are on high alert.

"You have to keep your guard up, don't ever let your guard down," said Farmington Hills resident Elaine Baker. "Every time I walk out my door I pray. But, I hope they catch that man because I am sick and tired of these bums messing with kids and women."

Woman hit with club-like weapon at apartments

Farmington Hills police say a 42-year-old woman was attacked with a club-like weapon Wednesday night at the Village Green Apartment Complex.

The woman's attacker is described by police as a black man, 35 years old, medium build. He was driving a light brown late 90s model Ford Taurus.

Police said evidence of the crime was recovered in a wooded area between Founders Sports Park and the Green Hill Apartment Complex, which is located in the Eight Mile and Halstead area of Farmington Hills.

Police are asking anyone who saw the following to call them:

• Any suspicious persons or activities at Founders Sports Park or Green Hill Apartment Complex between 11 AM and 5 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

• Any suspicious persons or activities at the Village Green Apartment Complex at approximately 10:45 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, particularly the driver of a white SUV type vehicle that was traveling westbound on Eight Mile in the right curb lane and was almost struck by the suspect vehicle exiting the complex after the crime

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