For Immediate Release
April 30, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES MAN IN ATTACK ON RUNNER
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – A 29-year old male, suspected of attacking a female jogger at Chippewa Valley High School, was apprehended, and charges were authorized against him by Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith Monday morning. Douglas Pearson was charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree, fifteen-year felonies; one count of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration, a ten-year felony; and Interfering with a Crime Report, a one-year misdemeanor.
Police and prosecutors allege that on September 2nd, 2018, Pearson chased down a female jogger at approximately 8:30 a.m., while she ran on the high school track. The female victim became concerned as the suspect approached her. The suspect then charged the victim, violently attacking her. The victim fought back against the perpetrator, escaped and called 911. The suspect then took the victim’s phone, ran toward the parking lot, and sped away in what appeared to be an older model Ford Escape.
The State of Michigan Crime Lab was able to use DNA collected by the Clinton Township Police Department to assist in the identification of perpetrator.
Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz said, “Our police worked diligently on this heinous crime, and were able to obtain the evidence necessary to present to the Prosecutor’s Office to secure a felony warrant.”
Prosecutor Smith added, “The attack on this victim, and the manner in which it was done, is truly horrific. To carry out this unspeakable attack, in broad daylight, at a popular high school track, is extremely disconcerting.”
The defendant was arraigned Monday afternoon, by Magistrate Zemke in 41-B District Court, and given a $50,000, 10% bond.
Smith continued, “The citizens of Macomb County can rest easier with this defendant off the streets. Meanwhile, we will seek a higher bond at the next court hearing to ensure this Defendant remains incarcerated for the foreseeable future.”