Man Charged in Attempted Child Abduction, Sexual Assault
A girl walking in Royal Oak was was grabbed from behind and fondled by a man Saturday, police said. Police arrested a 24-year-old man shortly after.
Police arrested a 24-year-old Bloomfield Hills man on Saturday afternoon after he reportedy fondled and attempted to abduct a 14-year-old Royal Oak girl.
Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the girl was walking in the area of Normandy and Tonawanda and was approached by a suspect driving a silver Chevrolet Camaro.
According to police, the man asked the girl if she wanted a ride and some marijuana. The girl refused and continued walking toward her home. She also called her mother on her cell phone to report the encounter.
A short time later, the girl was approached from behind by the suspect. The man grabbed her, picked her up and fondled her, police said. The girl began screaming and told her mother, over the phone, to call the police.
The girl struggled to free herself and the man eventually dropped her and ran back to his vehicle, according to police.
"The 14-year-old is fine, although she is a bit shaken up," Royal Oak Police Lt. Tom Goad said on Tuesday.
Just prior to this incident, Royal Oak officers were in the area and had observed a silver Camaro parked in a suspicious manner, Goad said.
Goad said the officers logged the license plate and were checking the area for any criminal activity when officers saw a man run to the Camaro and drive away at a high rate of speed just as a radio broadcast of the attempted abduction was dispatched.
Police said the officers quickly turned around and tried to catch up to the man’s vehicle but due to the traffic and the reckless driving of the suspect, they were unable to catch up to the vehicle and lost sight of it on northbound Woodward.
The vehicle was registered out of Bloomfield Hills and Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills officers responded to that address.
The suspect, Derek Joseph Wallin, 24, of Bloomfield Hills, was identified and arrested at the Bloomfield Hills home.
Wallin has been charged with attempted kidnapping, a five-year felony, and criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, a two-year misdemeanor. He was arraigned on Monday at 44th District Court before Judge Terrence Brennan. Bond was set at $100,000.
The incident shocked many Royal Oak residents, but some expressed that they were impressed with the quick work of the police.
"That's horrible, thank God she was able to call her mom and the police were in the area," said John Rasmussen of Royal Oak on Tuesday. "I never leave my kids alone or let them go anywhere unless they have a cell phone on them."
"The cops did an amazing job. I'm so glad they caught the guy," said Tina Stefanski of Royal Oak. She said the incident gave her the chills.