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Community Helps Police Capture Teens Accused of Raping 90-Year-Old

Community Helps Police Capture Teens Accused of Raping 90-Year-Old

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

August 30, 2010

DETROIT – “Enough is enough,” Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee told a crowd of volunteers earlier this month, rallying officers and citizens in the wake of a series of attacks on elderly women.

Two weeks later, the department is crediting those volunteers — close to 300 strong — with securing information that led to the arrest of three teens accused of beating and sexually assaulting a 90-year-old woman inside her home on the 4000 block of Leslie.

The group, known as the “Detroit 300,” patrolled the neighborhood daily, volunteers working two-hour shifts with two-way radios, flashlights, video cameras and bullhorns.

Organizer Raphael B. Johnson, himself a reformed criminal, told The Detroit News the group’s efforts paid off last week when volunteers persuaded residents to come forward with information on the suspects.

“There were two people we talked to who were able to lead the police to (the suspects),” he said. “We were putting the pressure on for people to tell us what they knew, and they told us what they probably wouldn’t have told the police.”

Two suspects - - 17-year-old Maurice Randall and 18-year-old Anthony Hardy — were arraigned Saturday on several charges, including first-degree home invasion and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A third suspect was arraigned in juvenile court on a charge of first-degree home invasion.

Johnson, whose pending nomination to the civilian Board of Police Commissioners has caused controversy, led similar efforts last year to find serial rape and murder suspects.

The “Detroit 300” is expected to continue patrols. A formal announcement on the group’s future is expected this week.

“I think every community needs to do this,” neighbor Phil Griffen told WXYZ. “I think it’s an excellent idea. It’s great for the children to see that they can be safe and that if they want to stand up against crime, it’s okay.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Great work to the volunteers. It's nice to know there are some communities who still watch out for one another.

  • Fake_sunset_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    nice to know that good people still exist in our country

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    So this is what it takes for that community to finally turn in one of their own. Why couldn't this happen years ago when kids where getting shot in the streets? It's about time

  • Justice-400_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Absolutely appalling. Good to see they're now facing the judge.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Onward and upward goes the 300. My heart goes out to the 90 year young lady.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The community coming together would be the neigbhors actually communicating with the police instead of a near vigilante task force... I am glad these POS are off the street, but had the people been communicating with police it wouldn't gotten to this.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Awesome story. Just goes to show you that people CAN come together and take back their communities! By the way, was that dude's name Nimrod?

  • Lapd_detective_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Good Job!

  • Me_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What a despicable crime! Catching them is a good example of community involvement and police-community collaboration. Well done! To all involved.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Great job citizens of Detroit.

  • Pl28_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sad that kids who haven't lived enough of their life yet will spend it behind bars where they belong now. What would make kids do this? To the family and victim, I glad you can be at peace now knowing your dirt bags have been caught. To the people of Detroit, thank you for your help. People need to stand up against people who victimize others. America has changed for the worst lately; it seems as if it the cool thing to be a dirt bag. That image needs to change. Teens need to realize how valuable life is and how to live a better life.

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Lock them away for a very long time.

  • Memorialbadge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    wow... talk about neighborhood watch. I am so fortunate that we do not live in an area where this type of crime is committed.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad they were caught and no longer on the streets

  • Img_0103_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    My Home Town..!!! I am so very proud of its citizens....I can remember as a teenager participating in our Neighborhood Watch Group and Citizens Patrol. It is refreshing to know that that type of participation continues to assist Law Enforcement. And as far as these little Ba$tard Punks are concerned, I hope that when they get to the big house, that "Bubba" will greet them with open arms. And perhaps they will get a dose of their own medicine, but on a continuous basis. I am sure that "Bubba" will be very satisfied...!!!

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