Preliminary exam set for sexual assault, unlawful imprisonment suspect

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published September 25, 2013

Frederick Leon Perkins

FARMINGTON — A 47-year-old Farmington man charged with sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment of a female associate is scheduled for a preliminary examination at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 in front of Judge Marla Parker of the 47th District Court.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office charged Frederick Leon Perkins with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of unlawful imprisonment. Each count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a sentence of life in prison. Unlawful imprisonment carries a term of 15 years in prison.

According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office police report, at about 6:50 a.m. Sept. 12, Farmington Public Safety officers responded to the 22100 block of Hawthorne Street, north of Grand River Avenue, for a report of a woman who had been physically and sexually assaulted.

Officers discovered that the woman had also been allegedly held against her will until she was able to escape from the home.

The woman, whose age has not been released, reported being threatened by Perkins with a firearm.  The victim was transported to a medical facility, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. 

Farmington Public Safety Director Robert Schulz told C & G recently that the woman, who is not a Farmington resident, knows Perkins.

“It is just a tough situation because they know each other, so it is not like she did something wrong by being out in a dark, unlit place,” Schulz said. “She went willingly (to his house) because she knew him.”

Schulz said he does not know the full capacity of their relationship. 

Once the victim reportedly escaped from Perkins’ house, Farmington officers attempted to have him leave the home, but he failed to comply, police said. 

Based on the victim’s reports of a firearm, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called in for assistance. Perkins eventually surrendered and was taken into custody, according to the report. 

Schulz said in a city press release that the victim did not have a prior history of abuse with Perkins. 

“We are grateful that the victim was able to escape without life-threatening injuries,” he said in the press release. “Extra precautions were taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

The preliminary exam was scheduled shortly after his arraignment, which was held in 47th District Court, before Magistrate Michael Sawicky, where a plea of not guilty was entered.

Bond was set at $400,000 cash or surety; it was originally set at $100,000. Perkins is being lodged at Oakland County Jail. An attorney for Perkins could not be reached for comment at press time.