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Suspect arrested in Rosa Parks assault

DETROIT, Aug. 31 -- Detroit residents enraged by the assault and robbery of civil rights legend Rosa Parks captured Wednesday a 28-year- old man who police say committed the crimes. The suspect was spotted after police distributed mugshots in the west-side neighborhood where Parks, 81, had been living alone in a brick home. The suspect was spotted outside a liquor store by a group of men, then chased into a vacant lot where he was tackled and held until police arrived. Deputy Police Chief Benny Napoleon said the suspect, who name was not released, will be held overnight pending arraignment Thursday in district court. Charges have not been determined, he said. The man also could be charged with two unrelated break-ins and assaults in Parks' neighborhood. Napoleon said police had questioned the suspect extensively and obtained 'independent evidence that links him to the crime.' He declined to elaborate. Parks, 81, was attacked in her home Tuesday night by a man who broke in through the back door. She was struck on the head after handing the intruder $53. The attack drew worldwide attention from people who remembered Parks for choosing jail over compliance with laws segregating blacks and whites on Montgomery, Ala., city buses in 1955. Her refusal to give a seat to a white man is considered the spark that triggered the U.S. civil rights movement. After the attack, Parks was treated for facial and chest bruises at a hospital before being released. Later, friends of Parks took her to an apartment away from the home where she has lived alone since May.

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Police gave her 24-hour protection. Wednesday, Parks told reporters she would be moving from the home where she's lived since 1988, but that she had planned to move before the attack because she was having trouble using the steps. 'It certainly was an unpleasant experience and one I didn't expect,' she said. 'I'd hate to see this happen to anyone. No one seems to be safe from that time of treatment.'

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