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Posted on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

Man faces court hearing in rape of acquaintance, break-in at her home

By Kyle Feldscher

A 54-year-old Ypsilanti man faces a preliminary examination Tuesday on charges he broke into a woman’s house, raped her and physically assaulted her.


Derrick King

Courtesy of WCSO

Ypsilanti police Detective Sgt. Tom Eberts said Derrick King used a key sometime after midnight on Feb. 3 to enter the home of a woman he had dated. Eberts said King used to live at the residence in the 700 block of Washtenaw Avenue.

Eberts said King grabbed the woman’s phone away from her as she tried to call police and prevented her from leaving.

“He kept her there during the night and sexually assaulted her and physically assaulted her,” Eberts said.

King is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a charge each of first-degree home invasion, intimidating a witness, interfering with electronic communications and domestic violence, court records show.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township. King is held at the Washtenaw County Jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Eberts said there was a prior history of domestic abuse in the relationship, which had been taking place for the last three years.

The criminal warrant was approved against King on Feb. 12, but he wasn’t arraigned on charges until March 13. Eberts said he was arrested after contact with Ann Arbor police the day before his arraignment.

The woman refused medical treatment, Eberts said.

King has a long criminal history, dating back to a shoplifting conviction in 1990. In addition, he’s been convicted of delivery/manufacture of a narcotic less than 50 grams in 1992, first-degree retail fraud in 1993, two counts of armed robbery in 1993 and two1993 convictions of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, state records show.

He was in prison from Aug. 1993 until Oct. 2011 on the 1993 convictions, which all stem from an incident on April 23, 1993,, records show. He was sentenced to from 17 to 32 years in prison for those convictions.

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


Angry Moderate

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

She should have reached for a gun, not a phone.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 9:16 p.m.

Why didn't she walk out onto her porch and fire two blasts into the air from a shot gun?, That's what VP Biden says works..............


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

Derrick King used a key to enter the home of a woman he had dated after midnight on Feb. 3. This doesn't make sense. He dated her after midnight on February 3?


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 3:45 a.m.

I think riverguy merits an apology, too.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

You're right, DBH. I apologize for that. Everything is alleged at this point. I was just trying to be more clear.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 10:28 p.m.

Kyle Feldscher's reply: "He broke into her house after midnight on Feb. 3. I've rewritten the sentence to reflect that." Come on, Kyle, you know better than that. It has not yet been established that Mr. King did this, only that he has been charged with doing so. While your story makes clear that he has only been charged, not that he has done anything wrong with a judicial certainty, your reply is inappropriate. You at least owe a clarification of your reply, if not a retraction (or a deletion by the censors).


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 8:50 p.m.

Thanks for clearing that up, Kyle. I'd still be interested to know what was so wrong with my original comment that it had to be removed.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 8:17 p.m.

You're right, that could have been more clear. He had dated her in an on-again-off-again relationship. He broke into her house after midnight on Feb. 3. I've rewritten the sentence to reflect that.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

Seriously, my comment was removed because I "violated's conversation guidelines"?? Here is the comment that I posted. "It probably meant to say that after their date was over, she returned home and he broke in after midnight". What in the world was wrong with that comment???


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 8:04 p.m.

Sorry, should have said "meant to say". The fingers weren't working correctly.