Suspect arraigned after abduction, sexual assault of 9-year-old

By: Mark Vest | Farmington Press | Published November 5, 2021

 Aaron Deneal McDonald

Aaron Deneal McDonald

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FARMINGTON HILLS — In a press release dated Oct. 15, the Farmington Hills Police Department announced the arraignment of a suspect in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl that took place Oct. 10.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office authorized arrest warrants against 40-year-old Aaron Deneal McDonald, who was a resident of Oak Park at the time of the incident.

It was reported that the victim had left on foot from her home near Eight Mile Road and Middlebelt Road in Farmington Hills at approximately 4 p.m. Oct. 10.

After walking east on Eight Mile Road toward Grand River Avenue at approximately 4:30 p.m., she was lured into a Jeep Renegade, according to police.

The suspect attempted to sexually assault the victim, and then forcefully abducted her, police said.

The suspect’s vehicle traveled east to a residence near Eight Mile Road and Berg Road in Detroit, where he sexually assaulted and confined the victim, police said.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. she was able to escape and was quickly rescued by a local resident who contacted authorities, according to the release.

The arrest warrants against McDonald were for one count of kidnapping; three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct; one count of torture; and one count of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, including strangulation.

“There is no way to wrap our minds around this horrific crime,” Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King stated in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim and her family. But in the wake of this suspect’s brutal abduction and sexual attack on this child, the Farmington Hills and Detroit communities, and their citizens, deserve this exceptional level of police response. In light of the complexity and difficulty of this case, I could not be more proud of the coordination, skill, and meticulous investigation and cooperation between the Farmington Hills and Detroit Police Departments, and the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.”

Anyone who has any additional information on the case is asked to call the Farmington Hills Police Command Desk at (248) 871-2610.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, McDonald was released May 23 after being sentenced to 15-30 years for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a weapon in 2004.

In a previous police press release, the “vital” importance of parents and caretakers warning children about not approaching or entering a stranger’s vehicle was stressed.

“If you witness anything odd or unusual, please dial 9-1-1 or contact your local police department,” King stated. “Your call may provide important information, and may even save a life.”

An attorney for McDonald could not be reached by press time.

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