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Posted on Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 12:25 p.m.

Man accused of assaulting woman and locking her in trunk to return to court

By Kyle Feldscher

The man accused of sexually and physically assaulting a woman before tying her up in an Ypsilanti Township home and locking her in a trunk of a car will return to court next month.


David Neal

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

David Neal, 38, was in court for a preliminary examination Tuesday. That hearing was adjourned until 8:30 a.m. June 19, according to jail records.

Neal faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment and interfering with the report of a crime.

According to deputies, Neal and a woman were alone together at a home on May 17 in the 1300 block of Nash Avenue when he physically and sexually assaulted her. Neal assaulted her several times over the course of a number of hours, according to deputies.

After originally tying the woman up in the home, Neal moved her into the trunk of a car in the home’s driveway, deputies said. She stayed there for several hours before managing to escape.

Deputies responded to the area after neighbors called 911, prompted by the escaped woman’s screams. Neal was arrested at the residence.

The woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries and taken to an area hospital.

Neal is still lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail and is being held without bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sun, Jun 3, 2012 : 3:29 a.m.

By a convicted felon no less!


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 11:32 p.m.

Gosh, to think that such activities occur in West Willow in unbelievable.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

Sounds like is room mate in prison is in for a rough time!


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 8:33 p.m.

Mr. Neal is where he should be, lodged until the next court date. I see flight risk as a possibility here.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 7:40 p.m.

Sorry readers, but regardless of this case, bail is often determined by the notion of flight risk and likelihood to commit a similar crime if guilty, and in this case, the person has not admitted guilt. We shouldn't use bail as a form of punishment no matter how serious the crime.

martini man

Sun, Jun 3, 2012 : 12:37 a.m.

Oh Please ... you mean if a person" allegedly" murders five people..and is innocent until proven giulty , and isn't determined a flight risk, he or she should be allowed to walk around within the community until a trial date ??? The ACLU would love you .

Linda Peck

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.

Like martini man, I am most grateful this man is in jail while he awaits resolution of this case.

martini man

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 4:52 p.m.

I am glad this person who "allegedly" committed this heinous crime, is being held without bail. We should all be thankful he didn't appear before a certain judge, or else he might have gotten out for $300. Well maybe $400, since his charges were a bit more serious.