Man to stand trial for New Year's Eve robbery, rape in Detroit

Published On: Jan 22 2013 02:16:44 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 03:23:02 PM EST

Rapist is believed to have attacked a couple on Detroit's East side on New Year's Day


A 22-year-old man will stand trial for the rape of a woman who was with her husband in a car on New Year's Eve in Detroit.

Police said the 56-year-old victim and her husband were driving near Findlay and Bradford just before midnight on Dec. 31, 2012, when their car got suck in the snow.

Howard McKnight is accused of approaching the couple, pulling a gun on the husband and raping the woman. He's also accused of stealing jewelry and $280 from the couple.

He is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, felonious assault, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felony firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

He was bound over for trial Tuesday.

His next court date for arraignment in circuit court is Jan. 29.

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