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Police search for man accused of assaulting mentally challenged woman

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(Source: Flint PD) (Source: Flint PD)
(Source: Flint PD) (Source: Flint PD)
(Source: Flint PD) (Source: Flint PD)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint police are seeking help identifying a man they said lured and sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped woman.

It happened about 10 p.m. on June 19.

Police said the suspect recently entered the station and started a conversation with the woman who has disabilities.

The suspect lured the victim from the downtown MTA bus station, police said.

"It is a little uncommon for someone to be lured from a MTA station. However, we haven't had a situation quite like that," Flint Det. Tyrone Booth said.

Police believe the suspect used a silver or gray colored minivan to transport the victim.

The victim was returned home after she was assaulted, police said.

"We do have some concerns that because he targeted this individual that he could target someone else, so we're looking for help," Booth said.

If you have any information regarding the suspect or the incident call Det. Will Surface at 810-237-6946 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL.

Michelle Montanez has one rule when traveling through Flint's downtown MTA station - never go outside.

"Inside it's 90 percent safe. You have to start some trouble to get trouble inside," Montanez said.

She said she worries about the safety of smokers who spend time outside of the concourse at night.

"They need to do something so that they know they can't smoke. There's no reason to go outside or participate in some crime," Montanez said.

In the meantime, police want commuters using the station to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

"Speak up, speak out when you see something like this and by all means, if anyone out there knows this guy let us know," Booth said.

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