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Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 4:32 p.m.

Police canvass South State area for information on Ann Arbor rape

By Lee Higgins

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.

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Ann Arbor Police released this composite sketch of the suspect in a Monday morning sexual assault on South State Street.

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 He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

How quickly the description changes of the perpetrator. just yesterday, he was described as muscular, 6'5" wearing a green t-shirt & khaki cargo pants. Now he's described at between 5'6" & 5'10"? Big difference! Can we make up our minds?


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

I'm wondering if this guy/guys are even from or lives in the Ann Arbor area. I certainly hope he/they are caught soon. (you know how some come into the city from elsewhere).


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 8:13 p.m.

Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:35 p.m.

@pegret....finally, someone gets it...this is the Emerald City!


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 4:33 p.m.

Yes, everyone knows that no criminals live in Ann Arbor. All of the crimes here are committed by very bad people from other cities, who don't want to sully the reputations of their own towns.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 1:01 a.m.

Somehow, when I try to picture vigilante justice in Ann Arbor, I see Gomer Pyle running after Barney Fife yelling "Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!"


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:33 p.m.

seriously? In A2?.... Gomer would be talking, not yelling, in a soothing, zen-like tone..only saying "can we discuss your feelings right bad does raping someone make you feel? Yes, you are the true victim here, aren't you? Oppressed by the small, drink this wheat grass and soy bean smoothie, will make you feel so much better about your actions"


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:59 p.m.

As opposed to where Dick?

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

Hey Champ, I agree with you 100 percent but make sure when you call you make it a point that he swung first ! ;-)


Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 11:29 p.m.

Vigilante justice is never to be allowed, ever... but when it comes to the rape and/or desecration of woman; I find it hard to believe that there would be a problem if I found this guy and beat the 'canine excrement' out of him; and called the cops afterwards.


Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

I was walking through the intersection of Hill and State this morning and saw about five police cars parked there... any correlation? If not, does anyone know what was going on?