Pair arrested in alleged nighttime home assault

LINCOLN PARK — Police arrested an 18-year-old River Rouge man and a 17-year-old Ecorse boy suspected of assaulting a woman in the 1500 block of Hanover early Tuesday.
Two city residents brought the woman, 28, and her 5-year-old daughter to the police station when they found them walking near Southfield and Lafayette.
The woman said she had been assaulted in her house about 4 a.m. by a young male who apparently through an unlocked window.
She awoke to find the suspect on top of her with a knife demanding money and threatening to harm her daughter if she did not comply. She told police she screamed and fought with her attacker, receiving several small cuts from the knife.
Her daughter was in the next room and heard the noise, then woke up and started pounding on her mother’s bedroom door, apparently scaring off the attacker. Before leaving, however, he took money out of a piggy bank and the woman’s cell phone and car keys.
Police said he apparently then walked down the block five or six houses and tried unsuccessfully to break into one before gaining entry to another, where he stole the owner’s keys and drove off in the owner’s pickup truck.
The owner fired a gunshot at the suspect, but missed.
Detectives went into Detroit looking for the pickup and found it driving around, occupied by two young white males, who were arrested for possessing a stolen motor vehicle. The River Rouge man was the driver. The Ecorse boy is believed to have stolen the truck and assaulted the woman.
The woman was treated at a local hospital and released; the child was unharmed.
A felony warrant is being sought for the alleged attacker.