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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

Suspect located, interviewed regarding reported rape at U-M residence hall

By Kyle Feldscher

University of Michigan police identified and interviewed the suspect who allegedly raped a student at the Baits I residence hall Monday, according to police.

University of Michigan Department of Public Safety officials released a crime alert Monday evening reporting that a female student said she was assaulted by an acquaintance who was visiting her at about 11 a.m. Monday. Baits I is located at 1210 Hubbard Road.

Police updated that crime alert Tuesday morning with information that a suspect had been found and was interviewed.

The evidence from the case has been sent to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call U-M police at 734-763-1131.

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Kai Petainen

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:28 a.m.

I believe the difference in reporting... is due to the nature of the suspect. That is, in this case... if you identify the suspect, it might be possible to figure out the victim. As a result, the reporting is less than the other case.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

How would it be possible to identify the victim in this case (the alleged rape)? She is a nameless student now and will be nameless for 99.99% of the audience of this paper if the alleged rapist is identified. On the other hand, the privacy of Dr. Weinblatt's accusers went out of the window (no pun intended) the moment the first article appeared in the newspaper. How many next door neighbors of his have 12-yr olds? Whatever is the cause of the gaping difference in reporting, it is definitely not the concern for victims.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:54 a.m.

"reporting that a female student said she was assaulted by an acquaintance" Shouldn't the entire headline be different then??? Instead of this crazy alarmist story, should't it EMPHASIZE this sentence instead of hiding it away?.... STUDENT is assaulted by SOMEONE SHE KNEW.....not a random act of someone just preying on our kids at UM....


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:09 p.m.

Still rape, homeslice. The headline is accurate. And furthermore, one would think you'd want to be aware of the frequency of assault by acquaintances. Like, be alarmed. Be alarmed at acquaintances preying on our kids. Be alarmed at how NOT random it is.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:34 a.m.

Fairness went out the window in our society a long time ago.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

Interesting to compare the reporting on this event relative to Dr. Weinblatt's situation...... I guess that the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office calls the shots on the ability to ruin someone's life vis a vis their foil Think about it.....the standard for reporting (and getting web hits) is not the legitimacy of the charges and police accounts....but the sensationalism surrounding the purported crime. We should hold Brian Mackie and accountable for Dr. Weinblatt's matter....if he is ultimately vindicated!!!!


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 4:16 a.m.

U.S. just because you know someone doesn't mean they should be treated differently than anyone else. You are wrong and comparing apples to oranges.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:03 p.m.

That should be "arrested for sitting in his own bathroom".


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

@ Ypsiveteran: "The difference is this suspect has not yet been arrested and/or arraigned". And who is responsible for that difference? A man suspected of rape is merely "found and interviewed", while another, sitting in his own bathroom, as we just found out, is arrested, arraigned and made a subject of a series of highly inaccurate articles. Very curious.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:16 p.m.

I believe you are both missing the salient point of my argument... The Prosecutor is calling the shots on the Doctor's life....and the reporting is nothing more than a pathetic derivative of his actions..... Thus....both the Prosecutor and should be held accountable for whatever results from the process...


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:27 a.m.

The difference is this suspect has not yet been arrested and/or arraigned. It's that simple. Once an arrest is made, the information is public record. The Dr. was not identified until after he was arrested. It's that simple.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

Let's wait until this person is arrested and arraigned and see what does.