Northville City Police and Farmington Hills Police are investigating two brutal assaults on women that occurred within an 11-hour period on Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Novthville City Police, at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, a 69-year-old woman had just returned from the Northville Community Center to her home on Lake Street in Northville. She had put her car in her garage and was walking down her driveway when a male carrying a burgundy portfolio approached her and asked if she would take part in a survey. The woman questioned the type of survey and noticed that the person did not have any type of identification, such as a lanyard with an identification card or badge, so she asked to see some I.D. This is the last thing that she remembered, according to the press release. When she awoke she managed to get into her home and call a friend who took her to Providence Park Hospital in Novi.
The woman suffered a fractured jaw and a severe head injury. She has been admitted to the hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to the press releae.
The woman’s purse was taken, which contained her cell phone, credit cards and identification. The cell phone has been recovered in Farmington Hills. The vehicle used by the man is described as a light-colored, possibly tan, sedan. The woman described the man as an African American male in his 30s with a medium build, wearing a dark, three-quarter-length cloth coat.
Officers are currently working with neighboring jurisdictions, which may have had similar incidents. The Farmington Hills Police Department received a report of a similar incident involving a woman being attacked after arriving home in her vehicle just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a Farmington Hills Police press release, a 42-year-old resident of Village Green Condominiums, at Eight Mile Road and Grand River Avenue, suffered serious injuries when she was attacked at around 10:45 p.m. while inside the entrance to her building. Her assailant used a "club-type instrument," according to the release. The woman was treated at the scene by Farmington Hills Fire Department medics, then transported to an area hospital.
Farmington Hills Police Commander Matt Koehn said police have not been able to talk with the woman and so have few details about the crime. He also did not have information about the extent of her injuries.
Koehn said the Farmington Hills and Northville assaults may be related because "it's pretty unusual for somebody to be assaulted this seriously, and have two within a 24-hour period."
You can view where both incidents occurred on the map above. (Zoom out on the map if you do not see the blue pins.)
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident should call Northville Police at 248-349-1234.
Editor's note: This story was corrected to reflect that the Farmington Hills incident occurred at Village Green Condominiums, not Village Green Apartments.