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Posted on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 8:38 p.m.

Attempted sexual assault in Ann Arbor thwarted by a witness

By John Counts

This story has been changed with updated information from the Ann Arbor Police Department. The incident occurred on July 3 and the correct number to reach Det. Dan Iverson is (734) 794-6930 ext 49321.

An attempted sexual assault was stopped by a witness in the 1200 block of Oakland Avenue in Ann Arbor earlier in the week.

The attempted assault occurred in the early morning hours of July 3, but was not reported until July 5, according to a release from the Ann Arbor Police Department.

The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked window and tried to assault a victim, but a witness interrupted the attack, according to the release.

A weapon was indicated, but not observed. The suspect fled the area on foot. The witness was unable to provide a detailed description.

Tips should be directed to AAPD Det. Dan Iverson, who can be reached at (734) 794-6930 extension 49321.

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Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 9:31 p.m.

Perhaps last year's sexual predator?!


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 8:01 p.m.

"The attempted assault occurred in the early morning hours of July 3, but was not reported until July 5..." Well, if I were the subject of an attempted assault, I'd be dialing 9-1-1 more quickly than 2 days after the event. What goes through people's heads?? Inquiring minds want to know!!


Mon, Jul 9, 2012 : 3:24 a.m.

@julieswhimsies: "Lets blame the victim" -- Not a very sensitive commnent, either, is it? Who said I was talking about the victim? I said, if I were the victim: which is a statement I'm entitled to make, whether it suits anyone's ideological clap-trap position or not. Try not jumping to conclusions you have no basis for making. It's a "shameful" intellectual weakness. ;-) BTW: I'm "just a man" but one who stopped a gang rape when I was in the sixth grade (and up for promotion to the 11th grade). I've stopped several assaults on males AND females in my lifetime: and I've relied on police assistance and on promptly notifying police in most of those incidents. So don't criticize a decent man who's greatest interested in making people more effective in fighting crime and in self defense. How many rapes have you stopped with your ideology?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Jul 8, 2012 : 2:11 a.m.

I am not a woman, but I get it. I don't think it's only for women. Men are traumatized by someone entering their home in the middle of the night, too. You're not a man, so you probably don't understand that, but it's true. Not all trauma is for women only. No, it's not the same, but I get a bit tired of people assuming than anyone who doesn't understand is last year's sexual predator. Not a VERY SENSITIVE comment, if you ask me. Let's stop tearing at each other and try to explain things in a civilized manner, if that's possible.


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

You are not a woman. You do not understand the trauma, the shame, the confusion, the guilt, and the pain that comes along with a sexual assault. It's called PTSD! It can disable you for hours, days, or years. A large portion of victims just want to forget it happened. I am assuming you have never been raped. VERY insensitive comment. Let's blame the victim...a woman...once AGAIN! Shame on you!


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

Is it safe to sleep with your gun? How else could this be prevented unless it was already in your hands whence upon waking?


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

Just FYI: experts recommend keeping your self-defense pistol nearby at all times. But when sleeping, it's recommended that such guns be kept in "almost ready" condition: meaning, in a way that prevents accidental/ unintentional discharge. With Glocks (which have only a trigger mounted safety and can literally be fired by someone who's asleep and dreaming), that means leaving the chamber empty. Sounds farfetched but there have been exactly that kind of accidents. a You are asking a good question and the answer is: "Yes, but only with the prescribed precautions." (as I outlined briefly above). Anyone seriously interested definitely will want to search for: "NRA Basics of Personal Protection In the Home" - the manual which is a mandatory part of the Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) law. This manual is usually provided for those taking the classes - which are necessary and essential. While it's not necessarily needed, just qualifying for the CPL will provide some training and instruction - including live fire self defense exercises supervised by a certified instructor. The manual itself can be purchased through a number of sources, including of course, the NRA website.


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 12:17 p.m.

this is the solution you are looking for lol


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 10:31 a.m.

Lock your doors and windows. Don't make a situation for yourself to BE a victim. When the thug makes noise trying to enter your property you now have time to get your firearm. Wake up Ann Arbor....You are not vaccinated from violent crime!


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 2:33 a.m.

Doors locked, windows open but have those window locks (prevents windows from being open further), auto light on porch, a dog, and yes, gun within reach in a stragic area. I sleep on the first floor. Last fall a guy was trying to steal a bike from OVER my backyard locked fence (my window is on the frontyard side) Less than 4 feet from my open window. Nothing expresses love like a laser pointed at someone's knee. Verbally warned him - he bolted down the street. Consequences need to occur, NOW, to thwart these miscreants.


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 1:24 a.m.

First lock your doors and windows. Make it so they have to make noise to get in. That gives you time to get your gun. Otherwise most moon firearms only discharge when the trigger is pulled. If you can sleep without doing that, then yes.


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 12:55 a.m.

Carry hot.


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 9:36 p.m.



Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 12:49 a.m.

Looks like the Art Fair Fester has returned..