Man charged with alleged Amway Grand Plaza attack

Keith Manders. (March 18, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been charged with attacking a woman at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Police said the man behind the attack is 20-year-old Keith Manders.

On YouTube, Manders claims to be a Christian rapper, posting videos of his songs.

Now he faces three felony charges, including home invasion and criminal sexual conduct with the intent to commit sexual penetration.

The attack happened last week at the downtown Grand Rapids landmark. Police say Manders walked in off the street, wandered the halls and listened at doors for the sound of a woman’s voice.

When he heard one, he knocked and asked for toilet paper.

“When she turned her back, he kind of charged in behind her. She managed to fight him off,” Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Pat Merrill said.

She called police.

“This is a pretty unusual case. The victim did a wonderful of defending herself. It was a very terrifying incident for her. Not something she could expect,” Merrill said.

The woman wasn’t hurt in the incident, but was shaken up.

“One minute you are minding your own business, the next you are under attack having to defend yourself. I can’t say enough about what a great job she did,” Merrill said.

Officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description and arrested him less than 30 minutes after being called by the victim.

“It’s an extremely unusual event. Nothing anything normal, especially for the city of Grand Rapids,” Merrill said.

Manders is being held on a $500,000 bond.

24 Hour News 8 reached out to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for comment Tuesday, but did not hear back.

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