The suspect, Aaron McDonald, was indicted on charges including kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, strangulation and torture. Prosecutor Karen McDonald (no relation to the suspect) said the victim was unlikely to have survived, when she did not survive.
Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King discussed the charges against the suspect and released more details about the investigation on Friday. He was joined by Detroit Police Chief James White and other law enforcement officers from the Detroit Police Department.
King said Farmington Hills Police, Detroit Police and the FBI worked together to arrest the suspect.
According to police, McDonald’s lured a 9-year-old girl into her 2016 Jeep Renegade before driving to the parking lot between the kidnapping and the spot where the girl was later found.
In that parking lot, King said he tried to sexually assault the girl in the car, but she fought back. That’s when the king said that he kidnapped her, sexually assaulted her, and strangled and tied her up before she could escape.
As police investigated and secured a probable cause for his arrest, King said he monitored McDonald’s activities to ensure he would not harm anyone else. He was arrested on Thursday.
At least 20 search warrants have been issued in connection with the case, including the McDonald’s home in Oak Park, the home where the girl ran into 8 Mile and Burg, and the suspect’s vehicle.
King credits the efforts of several police departments to arrest McDonald.
“There’s no way to wrap our minds around this terrible crime,” King said. “Farmington Hills and the Detroit community deserve this kind of extraordinary police response and investigation.”
McDonald’s, 40, has two adult children and a third child on the way. His defense lawyer said that his fiancee is due to give birth this month. He spent 13 years in prison and was paroled in May on two former criminal sexual conduct convicts.
Aaron McDonald, 40, has been charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, strangulation and torture after police said he picked up and abducted and raped a 9-year-old girl.
McDonald was ordered to be held without bond because of his criminal past and ordered not to have any contact with the victim.
During the trial, it was revealed that the suspect and the victim were complete strangers and were not connected in any way.
Police announced on Thursday that they have McDonald’s arrested but did not provide any other details.
as well as on Thursday The FBI raided a house in Detroit Where sexual harassment took place in the western part of the city. Further details about the raid were not released by police or the FBI.
Farmington Hills and Detroit Police are investigating the incident. The girl had left her home near 8 Mile and Middlebelt in Farmington Hills at around 4 p.m. on Sunday and drove to Grand River and 8 Mile, where a man in a jeep asked if she needed help.
He was taken eight miles and a house near Berg where he was assaulted. She was found a few blocks away wearing only a blanket.
Suspicious photo courtesy of Detroit Police.