Douglas Pearson

(Photo: Macomb County Sheriff's Office)

Man Charged In Attack On Woman Jogging On Chippewa Valley High School Track

April 30, 2019 - 1:05 pm

MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) - A 29-year-old man is behind bars, charged in an attempted rape last year on the grounds of a Macomb County high school.

According to Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, Douglas Pearson was arraigned in 41-B District Court Monday afternoon on two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree, 15-year felonies; one count of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration, a 10-year felony; and Interfering with a Crime Report, a one-year misdemeanor. 

“The attack on this victim, and the manner in which it was done, is truly horrific. To carry out this unspeakable attack, in broad daylight, at a popular high school track, is extremely disconcerting," Smith said in a statement. 

Police and prosecutors allege that, at around 8:30 a.m. on September 2, 2018, Pearson chased down a female jogger while she ran on the track at Chippewa Valley High School 19 Mile Road near Romeo Plank.

Police said Pearson violently charged his 34-year-old victim, pushing her to the ground where he tried to sexually assault her. When the woman fought back, police said, Pearson ran to an older model Ford Escape in the parking lot and sped away. 

Upon further investigation, the State of Michigan Crime Lab used DNA collected by the Clinton Township Police to identify Pearson as the attacker. 

“Our police worked diligently on this heinous crime, and were able to obtain the evidence necessary to present to the Prosecutor’s Office to secure a felony warrant," Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz said.

Pearson remains held on a $50,000, 10 percent bond, awaiting further court proceedings. 

“The citizens of Macomb County can rest easier with this defendant off the streets," Smith said. "Meanwhile, we will seek a higher bond at the next court hearing to ensure this Defendant remains incarcerated for the foreseeable future.”