A man who allegedly raped his 14-year-old daughter was taken into custody Tuesday night by Detroit police. When officers first found him, it was abundantly clear that friends and neighbors had administered some preemptive justice.
What are the details?
The alleged child rapist had reportedly been chased around a neighborhood near Pembroke St. and Greenfield Rd. before the victim’s relatives finally caught up with him.
In graphic footage obtained by 7 Mile Radio News, persons purportedly related to the victim can be seen castigating him for allegedly raping his own daughter while waiting for police and paramedics to arrive. The suspect is visibly busted up, kneeling naked in a pool of his own blood.
Carmen Witherspoon, a nearby resident, opened her front door to see the alleged rapist surrounded by the victim’s incensed relatives. She told Fox 2, “They beat him over there real good.”
“He was on the ground. He managed to get up and he ran across the street, and he was on my property. He fell, he slipped, and fell. And that’s when they beat him some more,” said Witherspoon. “It broke me down that a man would do that.”
Another witness said the suspected child rapist “was bloody, nothing but blood, there was a puddle on the ground.”
According to 7 Mile Radio News, it is rumored the relatives turned vigilantes “stomped his top lip off” and left him “with his left eye hanging out of his head.”
One onlooker remarked in the video, as if in disbelief, “Y’all touched your motherf***ing kids.”
“I hope you get everything that you deserve,” one woman cried out as what remained of the alleged rapist was carted away by paramedics.
The suspect was previously wanted for a non-fatal shooting in east Detroit.
Marc D’Andre of 7 Mile Radio News suggested, “Whether it be swift street justice or through the court systems or jail systems, I think we need to raise awareness about this type of situation because too often it gets swept under the rug, and we have a lot of victims — both girls and boys.”
Detroit Police Capt. Rebecca McKay called the sexual assault “absolutely tragic. … It’s going to definitely take time to heal.”
McKay told Fox 2 that sexual assault “occurs at all ages. I would just ask the parents, teachers, advisers, administrators, friends, and family, just always keep your eyes open. Listen, if you see something — say something.”
Man accused of raping teen gets caught, severely beaten by her family