Police canvass South State area for information on Ann Arbor rape
Ann Arbor police continue to investigate three recent attacks on women walking alone, including a rape downtown on Monday.
Now officers said they suspect up to three different men are responsible, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said Wednesday.
Bush said there is no evidence collected so far that links the three attacks other than that women walking alone were targeted at random.
However, descriptions of the attackers in all three incidents are similar, according to police. Detectives said Tuesday that they considered a serial attacker one possibility.
About 12:40 a.m. Monday, an 18-year-old Ann Arbor woman was pulled into an alley and raped in the 700 block of South State Street near the University of Michigan, police said.
In the other two cases on Friday and Saturday, women were attacked, but broke free. About 11 p.m. Friday, a man grabbed a 19-year-old Ypsilanti woman in the 400 block of North Division Street and attempted to pull her into a secluded area. Three hours later, a man grabbed a 22-year-old Ann Arbor woman from behind in the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue, police said, lifted up her dress and fondled her before she got away.
Detectives hit the streets Tuesday night, knocking on doors and handing out door hangers downtown that have a computer-generated composite of the man believed to responsible for the rape.
The man responsible was white, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green T-shirt and khaki cargo pants.
The man involved in the other two attacks was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall with an olive complexion. He had no facial hair and was wearing a zipped-up black hooded sweatshirt and khaki cargo pants.
Crime Stoppers has announced up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for Monday's rape.
Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at email@example.com.