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Posted on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 10:02 a.m.

Ann Arbor police investigating reported rape

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police are investigating a woman's report that she was raped Wednesday but have so far gained little information on the incident.

Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes said a woman reported being raped at 2 a.m. Wednesday on South Main Street by an acquaintance. However, the woman has since chosen not to speak to police.

The woman reported the rape to personnel at a local hospital, who then contacted the police, Pfannes said.

The investigation is continuing.

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Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

Sometimes we tend to be flippant and shallow here. If this happened...and we have no reason to believe it did not...then it is perfectly typical for the victim to take time to think about what will happen if/when the casse goes to court. She will have her personal life shredded in public, for sure. I think one should keep quiet until a) there is more information available, and b) charges are filed. In the meantime, why don't we give up the cheap comments about the alleged (or not even alleged) crime, and see what comes up? She apparently told the hospital personnel, and they (they!) reported it to the police. I doubt that she will be guilty of a felony in that case.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.

If she won't speak to Police...then don't ask her anymore questions.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

I'll withhold further commentary until we get some real news here. There's absolutely nothing we can add to the discussion at this point, given the paucity of information the police have shared, and saw fit to pass on.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 9:54 p.m.

Please withhold all further commentary. Period.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

Hmm ... could it be that she consented with an acquaintance or boyfriend ... and then because he didn't hold her softly etc, her hormones/emotions/anger simply overcame her and she accused him of such a heinous act ? Let's hope not ... and if he did indeed commit such an act, let's hope the authorities get down to the bottom of it all and he receives his just desert ... just sayin ~

Robert Granville

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

Sometimes women who have experienced rape need time to determine whether or not they wish to press charges or believe they can handle the weight of the criminal proceedings. Doing anything other than allowing them that time would be inhumane. If you don't understand this, look down. I'm willing to bet there's something hanging between your legs.


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

That's an inappropriately sexist comment.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

@bruceae: If a rape happened or likely happened, the police should not drop it so quickly. We don't want his potential future victims to be put through the potentially life-altering violence. Is she being intimidated? Is she getting pressure from her or his friends or family? An effort should be made to understand what's going on. And furthermore, criminal acts are not only acts against the direct victim, they're acts against society. It's in society's interest to pursue.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 4:37 p.m.

If it didn't happen and she reported that it did then she committed a crime. But we can't presume she is lying. She is innocent of said crime until proven guilty.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 2:50 p.m.

" Is she being intimidated? Is she getting pressure from her or his friends or family?" Those are legitimate questions that hopefully the police are looking in to. A third question that unfortunately needs to be asked.... did it really happen? There have been a few of these stories recently where the initial allegation turned out to be false.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

why is this even "news"??? Isnt' there anything else worth while you can report instead?!?!


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

Refused to talk to the police. Case closed stop wasting time on this.