Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Search for three Univ. of Michigan gropers called off

The following are two news reports from earlier this week:

Ann Sunday, June 10, 2012: Woman surrounded, groped by 3 men on University of Michigan campus

Campus police are investigating an alleged groping incident that involved the use of an anti-gay slur against a woman walking on the University of Michigan campus late Saturday.

The woman told police that three unknown men approached her as she walked northbound through Ingalls Mall, near the 800 block of East Washington Street, between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.

The men taunted her with an anti-gay slur, and one of the men grabbed her multiple times, including her arm and breast, before she was able to push free and flee, U-M police said in a crime alert dated Sunday.

The suspects did not pursue the woman and she did not seek medical attention.

The main suspect is described as an 18 to 20 year-old, 6-foot white male of medium build, medium-length blonde hair and unshaven. He was wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (734) 763-1131.

Ann Monday, June 11, 2012: Police: Sexual assault reported on U-M's campus Sunday did not occur

The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety stated Monday that a sexual assault involving three men allegedly "groping" a woman did not occur and cancelled the crime alert sent to the university community.
The crime alert was sent Sunday morning and detailed a sexual assault reported between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday in the 800 block of East Washington Street.

The woman told police she was walking northbound through Ingalls Mall and was taunted by three men with an anti-homosexual slur.

According to the crime alert, one of the men grabbed her multiple times, including her arm and breast, before she pushed him away. The update on Monday stated that never happened.

“Through follow-up investigation, it has been determined that the reported assault did not occur,” the report stated.

Department spokeswoman Diane Brown said there wasn't anything more to add to the alert cancellation.

She said it's "too early to tell" if a charge of filing a false police report will be pursued against the woman.

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