Knife-wielding man allegedly assaults teen, exposes himself in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 7, 2018

Shutterstock photo

WARREN — A man was in police custody at press time after he allegedly assaulted a teenager and brandished a knife during an encounter near Nine Mile and Ryan roads, before later allegedly exposing himself to another woman at a park.

The search for the suspect that began at about 8:30 a.m. June 7 led to precautionary lockdowns at four neighborhood schools, according to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.   

Speaking on behalf of the Warren Police Department, Fouts said a woman told police she returned to her home in the area after she dropped a child off at school. She reportedly found the door of the home unlocked and several windows tampered with.

Fouts said the woman told police she entered the house and was confronted by a man wearing a dress and armed with a knife.

“He was coming back from where the bedroom was,” Fouts said. “He pulled a knife on the mother. She screamed and fled. He fled, and the mother called 911.”

Fouts said Warren police were still in the process of interviewing the woman and her daughter, but that neither were harmed. He said the girl told investigators she was asleep and awoke to find the man holding a knife to her throat.

“He was also pulling down her underwear when the mother came home,” Fouts said.

The man reportedly fled on foot and was apprehended less than 90 minutes later at a park. Fouts said the suspect, who was not named pending arraignment on formal charges, also allegedly exposed himself to another woman, who also called police.

The investigation led staff at Fitzgerald High School, Chatterton Middle School, Mound Park Elementary and Schofield Elementary to initiate lockdown protocols. The lockdowns remained in place until Warren patrol officers, with the assistance of a police K-9 unit, conducted a search and took the suspect into custody.

“For the second time this week, Warren police, with the help of the K-9 unit, have quickly apprehended a potentially dangerous suspect,” Fouts said. “I attribute this to good police work and, very importantly, a K-9 unit.”

One of the city’s four new K-9 teams reportedly took part in a bank robbery investigation June 5 that led to the identification of a suspect. The man, who allegedly robbed the Comerica Bank inside Kroger at 12 Mile and Dequindre roads, was arrested later in the day in Detroit.  

No additional information was available at press time.