FBI Raids Pedophile's House, Abducted 9-Year-Old Rescued
Suspect arrested in Detroit over brutal suburbs kidnapping and sexual assault
A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with the abduction and rape of a 9-year-old girl who was kidnapped from outside her home in Detriot's suburbs last weekend.
The unnamed victim went missing on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities launched a search after surveillance footage revealed the young child was abducted by a man in a vehicle.
On Thursday, FBI agents raided a house and arrested the resident after the missing child was spotted outside the property by a neighbor when the kidnapper fell asleep.
"The safety of the victim, her family, and our community remain our top priority, along with the appropriate investigation and prosecution of the suspect," Farmington Hills, Michigan, police Chief Jeff King said in a statement.
The victim was last seen outside her Farmington Hills home around 4 p.m. Sunday and was lured about 30 minutes later into a silver or white 2015-2021 Jeep Renegade that was driven by a suspect described as a bald and bearded African American man, authorities said.
The suspect then forcefully abducted the girl before traveling to a residence near Eight Mile Road and Berg Road in Detroit.
Police said the house is where he sexually assaulted and "confined" her.
The girl was able to escape around 7:30 p.m. after the suspect fell asleep.
Police said she was rescued by a local resident who contacted authorities.
"This is a case that is every parent’s nightmare, including my own," Detroit police Chief James White said at a Wednesday news conference.
Farmington Hills police worked with Detroit police and the FBI in making the arrest, the release added.
Authorities have yet to reveal the identity of the suspect.
Police said he was connected to the case, but they didn't say if he was the suspect seen driving the Jeep.
On Thursday, the FBI raided the Detroit home where the girl was allegedly taken and sexually assaulted, FOX 2 Detroit reported.
The girl was found a few blocks from the home wearing a blanket, according to the station.
Following the incident, the Farmington Hills Police Department warned parents and caretakers about the dangers of their children approaching or entering the vehicles of strangers.
"If you witness anything odd or unusual, please dial 9-1-1 or contact your local Police Department," said King.
"Your call may provide important information and may even save a life."
Farmington Hills is about 20 miles northwest of downtown Detroit.