HARPER WOODS — After allegedly raping a woman in Harper Woods, police tracked down a suspect who added to his list of offenses by allegedly ramming law enforcement vehicles during a pursuit.
After searching for the suspect, Willis Barkley, during a three-day period following the alleged criminal sexual conduct incident, police tracked him down in Detroit May 10.
When they tried to make an arrest, Barkley allegedly rammed two police vehicles before being arrested in the area of Outer Drive and Chalmers, according to police information.
“We’re very thankful to get this violent predator off the street and our community, and behind bars where he belongs,” Director of Public Safety James Burke said.
“Lt. Detective (Ted) Stager and his people once again did an unbelievable job,” Burke said.
He said all of the officers did “a phenomenal job and they worked around the clock.”
Barkley faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury. He is being charged as a habitual offender — fourth offense. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Judge Roger La Rose, of the 32A District Court, set bond at $500,000 cash or surety early last week during Barkley’s arraignment, Burke said.
An officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service and a Harper Woods officer were injured in the alleged ramming incident. The U.S. Marshals Service officer was treated and released from a local hospital and the Harper Woods officer did not require hospital treatment, according to police information.
In a separate collision with a civilian driver during the pursuit, two Detroit police officers and the civilian were injured. The officers were treated and released from a hospital and the civilian was initially in temporary serious condition at the time of the incident.
Gabi Silver, the court-appointed defense attorney listed on Barkley’s case online through Wayne County Circuit Court, said she had not been informed of the assignment at press time.
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