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Jesus, what is going on out there on the streets:
Lawrence Snyder knew something was wrong the second he spotted the child walking down the street.
“I (saw) the little boy walking up the street with his hands behind his back and he had no pants on. He had no shoes on,” Snyder said. “His hands taped behind his back.”
The fifth grader, who attends Wayne Elementary School, told police someone was banging on one of the school’s doors. He answered and that’s when he was grabbed by two men who forced him behind an east side Detroit house on Lakepointe and raped him.
They reportedly took off in a green pickup truck, and the alleged victim went to get help. Snyder called police and the teen’s family.
“The parents got here before the police got here, and the little boy, he’s all messed up, and I’m just like, okay, who does that now? This is what Detroit (is) coming to now.”
The 13-year-old, who lived just a block away, was taken to St. John Hospital. Police started interviewing neighbors and searching for the crime scene. A detective told Fox 2’s Taryn Asher the boy claimed it happened by a clubhouse and his shoes would still be there. Police couldn’t find the scene, but we did right across the street from the school behind a woman’s house.
“Oh my god, my heart just dropped. My heart dropped. That kid, his life is going to change forever. I’ve been a victim of rape. It never leaves you ever,” said Shanita Jones, who lives in the home.
“I went to the school and (I) asked them… ‘Do (you) know it was a little kid that was pulled from here and was raped? Do (you) have surveillance cameras on your doors?’ And they told me that (they) do, but (they’re) (broken). Are you serious?” said Snyder.
“It’s crazy because why isn’t security or anybody at these doors for these kids? Why should it be a student that has to open the door?” said Donyale Oliver, the alleged victim’s aunt.
His family is stunned, once believing a school is one of the safest places for kids to be. Concerned relatives who got the frantic call returned to thank the man who came to the boy’s aid.
The boy has now been transferred to Children’s Hospital. Physically he is going to be okay.
We’re told one of the suspects is black and the other is white.
Once we located the shoes, evidence technicians were called and searched the area. We’re told nothing else was found.
Meanwhile, Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko says district officers are working with city police on the incident.
A doctor who examined a 13-year-old boy who reported being abducted from a school and raped earlier this week found no evidence of a sexual assault, a police source familiar with the investigation told The News on Friday.
The boy, who school officials say has behavioral issues, told police he opened a locked door at Wayne Elementary School on Courville Street to let two men inside Wednesday, and that they yanked him from the school, took him to an abandoned house and raped him.
The police source said that the boy’s story keeps changing. “He knows who did it,” the source said, adding that the incident was likely gang-related and involved a friend of the boy’s brother.
Police and school officials said they don’t believe the boy was abducted from the school, and that he left of his own volition.
Detroit school officials on Thursday also questioned the story told by the boy, who had been expelled from Wayne Elementary earlier Wednesday. The boy was a new student at the school who began attending classes this week.
A Detroit Public Schools Police official said there is no surveillance footage of the alleged abduction because some security cameras at the school weren’t working.
Inspector Mike Walsh said Thursday the school has two video surveillance systems. The indoor system was operational, but the outdoor system hasn’t worked in years, he said.
Resident Lawrence Snider said Wednesday he saw the youth walking down Lakepointe, which borders the school, in his school shirt, hands bound behind his back with black electrical tape.
His face was bleeding and he was missing pants and shoes and appeared “all messed up,” Snider said.
The boy told him he was raped, and Snider helped contact his grandparents.
We are praying for this young man.
myFOXDetroit.com and detroitnews.com
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