Rape suspect charged with kidnapping, sexual assault

18-year-old offered ride home, taken to vacant house

By John Steckroth - Editor

DETROIT - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges Thursday for a man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman in Detroit.

Jovon Boykins, Sr., 35, of Detroit, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

It is alleged that Boykins offered to give a woman a ride home on July 10 after breaking up a fight between the woman and her boyfriend. He was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix.

Instead of taking the woman home, the man took her to the Zoom gas station at Plymouth and Hubbell roads before driving to a vacant house on Foley Street and sexually assaulting her, according to Crime Stoppers.

Boykins was arrested Wednesday. Local 4’s Lauren Podell was at the gas station when a man matching the description and driving a silver Pontiac Grand Prix entered the gas station and questioned employees about why they released his picture to police. He turned himself in to police.

He is expected to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. in the 36th District Court.

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