Wednesday, May 29, 2013

East Lansing Sexual Assault Investigation


EAST LANSING, Mich. — A composite sketch has been created of the suspect believed to be involved in a recent string of sexual assault cases in the City of East Lansing.

Please note the following disclaimer from the composite sketch artist:

“This composite drawing is an artist’s rendering of an unknown suspect, produced from a witness description. It should be viewed as an approximation of the suspect’s appearance, rather than an exact likeness.”

In addition to the composite sketch, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) now believes the suspect likely has a tattoo on his left arm or shoulder. The investigation into the recent sexual assaults is ongoing. Anyone with tips is encouraged to contact ELPD at elpdtips@elpolice.com or 1-877-ELPD-TIP (1-877-357-3847).

Investigation Background
Two sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault recently occurred in the City of East Lansing. All three victims were MSU students.

The most recent case occurred Thursday, May 16 at approximately 8 p.m. in the parking lot outside of the Abbott Pointe Apartments off of Abbot Road. The suspect dragged the victim behind a dumpster, where he physically and sexually assaulted her before fleeing on foot northbound on Abbot Road. The suspect was last seen on Abbot Road just north of Saginaw Street. He is described as a white male with an average build and height (5’5”-5’10”), approximately 18-25 years old. He was wearing a faded red or pink shirt, shorts and grey shoes white socks.

Two similar cases occurred prior to the May 16 assault this past April; the first taking place on Coolidge Road south of Lake Lansing Road around midnight on Saturday, April 20. The victim was dragged to a secluded area where she was physically and sexually assaulted. The second incident took place at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday, April 26 in the 300 block of Charles Street. The victim was attacked upon attempting to enter her home and dragged to a secluded area, where she was physically assaulted and an attempted sexual assault occurred.

In all three cases the suspect was described as a white male with an average build and height (5’5”-5’10”), approximately 18-25 years old. 

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