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Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

Jogger escapes after man attempts to burn her with cigarette in Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher

A man grabbed a woman while she was jogging Wednesday and attempted to burn her arm with a cigarette, Ann Arbor police said.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the woman managed to escape harm after she cried out and broke free of the man’s grip. She reported the incident to police at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bush said.

A short time later, Officer Peter Tsangaris observed the man walking in the 1000 block of Hill Street and identified him, Bush said. The man was not arrested, but the case has been turned over to Ann Arbor police detectives for more investigation, she said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line t 734-794-6939.

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Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 11:13 a.m.

Perhaps he was not arrested because he was an Ann Arbor protected species ... the aggressive panhandler. Joking -- I guess. My wife and I were visiting friends in Ann Arbor not too long ago and could not believe all of the creepy, aggressive panhandlers. We were walking around downtown area doing a little sight-seeing and must have been approached at least a couple of times per block!


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

If you really want to enjoy the full experience of being "panhandled" - try carrying a shopping bag emblazoned with the logo of a high end merchant. It's like trolling with a fishing lure - you'll have "followers" hoping to snatch your bag (or purse, etc.) within 5 minutes guaranteed. Wear some bling - they are fascinated by shiny things.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

I define aggressive as not only touching, but lunging towards, coming up to table outside of restaurant, and foul language/yelling, all of which have happened to me. But remember FormerMichRes, they are not aggressive panhandlers, they are down-on-their-luck hobo's with hearts of gold ;)


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

By aggressive panhandling do you mean touching someone in your party? I have no problem with someone asking for money however keep your hands away and keep a normal pedestrian distance.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:55 a.m.

Am I to assume, according to the marker on the map, the crime happened at Packard and Granger?


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:58 p.m.

@Jaime -- tell that to the lady that was assaulted.

Jaime Magiera

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 7:35 a.m.

If so, it proves my point above. I've lived and jogged in the Packard/Granger area for 18 years. It's completely safe.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

Is it something in the water?? Maybe just the sounds of mating season...


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

Open carry is legal in this state............


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

As is concealed. With permit of course.

zip the cat

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

Thats why they make pepper spray A few blasts in the face and he will be withering in agony and his face will feel like a volcano erupted on it. End of threat. A must for all joggers

Jaime Magiera

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 7:33 a.m.

Neither of these are necessary. There are literally thousands of people who jog in Ann Arbor without any weapons. There is zero evidence to show that Ann Arbor is dangerous to joggers. One random story does not make a problem.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 6:01 a.m.

44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world.....


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 6:13 p.m.

Welcome to ann arbor where the mayor says crime is down.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 6:08 p.m.

I am sure somehow this will be pegged on Ypsilanti.

Wolf's Bane

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

Something smells fishy. What on earth is wrong with people, e.g. the assailant, the police officer, and the prosecutor?


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 5:57 p.m.

Maybe the woman declined to press charges?


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

Why no arrest???


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

What is with the two men on the news today, first one inappropriately touching and the second with potentially burning someone, that are not getting arrested??


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Yeah, I think we're missing something here. The officer "identified" him, though, so the police apparently already know about this character? Still don't know why he wouldn't be arrested, though.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

Just FYI: remember, this forum is subject to certain policies: among them is that we cannot provide reasonable, logical explanations for otherwise mysterious actions & events - it's called "speculation." ONLY questions & expressions of bafflement are permitted (and encouraged!) here. There ARE NO answers - except the ones given to us by official sources... if they're given at all.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

"A man grabbed a woman...... and attempted to burn her arm " "Officer ....observed the man..... and identified him.... The man was not arrested" why wasn't he arrested? It reads like an alleged assault and battery to this armchair prosecutor.