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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 10 a.m.

Woman walking in Ann Arbor is sexually assaulted

By Lee Higgins

A woman was sexually assaulted Friday night while she was walking in the 600 block of Miller Avenue, Ann Arbor police said.

The 51-year-old Ann Arbor woman was walking west on Miller Avenue near Fountain at about 8:20 p.m. after leaving a friend's house, when a man approached and grabbed her crotch, police said.

The man then ran away, heading east, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said. The woman called 911.

Police said the assault is not believed to be linked to a string of attacks on women in the city over the summer, including two rapes.

The man responsible for Friday's assault was described as black, 18 to 20 years of age, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with a puffy red coat.

Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939.



Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

How is it offensive to point out that Ann Arbor has suffered a rash of these groping incidents in the past few months, and that it is rapidly becoming what our city is known for, from a crime perspective?


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 7:52 p.m.

that and expensive restaurants and hair salons....but hey isn't PR just PR? [note sarcasm]


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

It's not offensive when you state the facts as you did above. But when you feel the need to come up with a "clever" moniker as you did in your first post (which was deleted) , that IS offensive and if I was the poor woman who was attacked, I sincerely doubt I would be giggling over your "cleverness"

Tony Dearing

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

That's a valid point, and thanks for re-phrasing it in that way.

monroe c

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:02 p.m.

Well, now the article appears before the very important article about the missing tin man, but still after one (of the many) football articles and one entitled "Black Friday traffic and spending reach historic highs with midnight openings." It's nice to see where the priorities lie.

Wolf's Bane

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 5:45 p.m.

Funny, this month's Observer talks about the low, low, low crime rate and yet this kind of crap still keeps happening. You know why we have a lower crime rate? Fewer crimes being reported because we have fewer Police.

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Funny in an Ironic fashion. Duh. And I still don't care if you are conservative or not, we need beat cops and lots of them.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 7:46 p.m.

that's not funny My Land! I call it ironic...the Observer had a cartoon last year as the "header" regarding the vicious, violent armed robbery of a downtown jeweler...not too funny when that big barrel gun was pointed at the people tho.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

sign up for crime mapping...I know long before anything is on this blog what's happening, when and where...the Mayar has a theory...if we have no PD, we have no crime...a2 is just like any other town of it's size...drunk college students as both victims and perps, streeters being agressive to get money, because they can't get into Delonis...and don't tell me boo hoo...I live and work on Main Street downtown...and priorities in this town are so hilariously money'd think I wasn't the only conservative!

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 1:41 p.m.

Huh. Johnnya2. Knee jerk. Try simple logic?


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6 p.m.

Based on that logic when police are added the crime rate would sky rocket because of reporting. Of course history, statistics and facts have nothing to do with knee-jerk reactions


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 5:39 p.m.

I fully agree with SW40. This blog has a very strange ranking of priorities ... Could someone start something that this town deserves?


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:58 p.m.

I would like to thank for removing a post that made light of a sexual assault by creating a "clever" name. When reading of these incidents, please consider how you would feel if the victim was your mother or sister or daughter.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:43 p.m.

Anyone else think it's weird that the front page story is about a football player and not a woman being sexually assaulted. But hey UoM beat OSU in football wooohoooo. Glad we have our priorities straight in Ann Arbor.

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

I don't think it's strange. For many of us, Michigan football has been a big part of our lives for decades. Michigan just had its biggest win in years. I feel bad for this woman, but I don't know her. I would bet that if the two stories were reversed in priority on the blog, the Michigan football story would still get a factor of at least ten more views.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

nope. i dont find it surprising at all. afterall the u/m football team has dominated the top story of this joke of a news outlet for..... weeks now? a woman being attacked is not something is interested in.

monroe c

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 5:30 p.m.

The fact that an article about a missing piece of scrap metal - isn't this the third article about it already? - also gets priority over the sex assault article is also pretty ridiculous.

Wolf's Bane

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:27 p.m.

This is very disgusting.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:23 p.m.

I would think by now the police would have some kind of text alert system in place. With a basic description and done within a timely manner, along with a clear warning not to be a vigilante and approach any suspect, some crimes would be solved within minutes or a few hours. Having a system like this with a background check done for anyone that signs up fo it would be a step in the right direction.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 6:10 p.m.

Reason for a background check is to make sure this information is not broadcast to anyone with a questionable record. It could be used in the wrong manner if it was in the hands of smart criminal. It's a thought. I don't know if the PD has a reason as to why they haven't done this already. Anyone have any ideas?


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 5:07 p.m.

"Having a system like this with a background check done for anyone that signs up fo it would be a step in the right direction." Background check?


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:10 p.m.

I agree that it is hard to remember what someone may have seen after 3 days. Especially if there was nothing particularly suspicious. But maybe someone saw a person fitting the description walking east or down a side street soon after. Too bad these attacks are taken so lightly. It may just seem like news to most of us but it is a traumatic experience for those attacked!


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:24 p.m.

I agree it is news to most of us and a traumatic experience for those attacked, something we would all like to be prevented from happening to others. I don't think any of our light-hearted comments go against that thinking. Part of prevention though is faster communication of the events. Three days doesn't seem that long, but if there was a sexual assault I want to know asap, three days for news of an attack seems too long. Certainly assaults or murders by strangers should pop into the news faster than those that were commited by known assailants.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 3:17 p.m.

Thank you for this report but, assuming the woman assaulted called 911 promptly, it has been more than two and a half days since this crime was reported to have occurred. I for one would have appreciated a more timely story.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:17 p.m.

The news week begins on Tues and winds down on Thurs... sad, but its the same elsewhere as well.