Ann Arbor police urge vigilance after rape on Monday morning and two weekend attacks
Update: Ann Arbor Police now describe the rape suspect as between 5'6 and 5'10. Read the updated description here.
Ann Arbor police are encouraging people to walk in pairs and take other precautions after a woman was pulled into an alley and raped this morning near the University of Michigan.
It marks the third time a woman has been attacked in the city in four days and investigators believe at least two men are responsible, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.
Early Saturday, a woman was grabbed from behind and fondled in the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue. On Friday night, a woman was grabbed in the 400 block of North Division Street, but broke free and ran away.
Police will be stepping up patrols in cars and on foot where the assaults occurred, Bush said. Bush encouraged people to walk with friends or co-workers and avoid secluded areas. People shouldn't wear earphones or talk on cell phones while walking, she said.
About 12:40 a.m. today, an 18-year-old Ann Arbor woman was returning from a party and walking in the 700 block of South State Street when a man grabbed her. He pulled her behind a wall and raped her, police said.
The man left northbound on foot. Someone called 911 and police arrived within 90 seconds, Bush said. Officers took the woman to the University of Michigan Hospital.
The man was described as white, 6 feet, 5 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green T-shirt and khaki cargo pants. The attack occurred off-campus, near Weill Hall, a University of Michigan police crime alert said.
Bush said the man is not believed to be responsible for the two earlier attacks. In those cases, the attacker was described as having an olive complexion. He was 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, in his late teens or early 20s with short black hair, or possibly a flat-top hairstyle. He had no facial hair and was wearing a zipped-up black hooded sweatshirt and khaki cargo pants.
Those two attacks occurred three hours apart. About 11 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old Ypsilanti woman was walking near Community High School in the 400 block of North Division Street when a man grabbed her and attempted to drag her into a secluded area, police said. The woman broke free and ran away. About 2 a.m. Saturday, a man grabbed a 22-year-old Ann Arbor woman from behind in the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue, lifted up her dress and fondled her, police said. She also broke free.
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Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 or email at email@example.com