Amway Grand attack suspect had mental issues

Keith Manders. (March 18, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, MIch. (WOOD) — The man accused of attempting to sexually assaulting a woman at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids has a criminal record that started when he was 13 and a past that includes mental illness, records show.

Keith Manders, 20, was arrested after Grand Rapids Police say he forced his way into a woman’s room at the hotel on Monroe Avenue NW and tried to sexually assault her. The incident happened in the early morning hours of March 8, police said. The victim, a woman in her 30s, was able to fight the perpetrator off.

Manders, born in Springfield, Ill. according to court records, appears to have spent much of his childhood living in various parts of Ottawa County.

Records detail a criminal past that started when Manders was 13 years old and includes convictions for stealing from his school, assaulting his grandmother and his mother, illegal entry into a building, and larceny. He pleaded guilty to most of the charges.

Last year, records show that medical professionals sought to have Manders hospitalized due to bizarre behavior and unwillingness to take medication.

“[Manders] presents as severely psychotic and almost catatonic. [He] is taking a long time to answer questions,” a psychiatrist from Saint Mary’s Hospital wrote after a 30 minute evaluation in June in a petition to Ottawa County Probate Court.

“The patient has a history of bipolar and schizophrenia; he has been off of his meds for quite some time. He is confused and delusional, making various religious references. He also states he hears voices talking about him. He is combative on arrival,” another Saint Mary’s doctor wrote in a petition.

“[Manders] is a danger to self and others,” a nurse wrote.

It is not clear if Manders was ever hospitalized or for how long. It’s also unclear if his mental issues had anything to do with the assault at the hotel.

The most recent Ottawa County probate record shows that Manders was living with a grandparent in Allendale. His mother’s listed address was in Kalamazoo.

In court records on the Grand Plaza Hotel assault Manders lists a Grand Rapids address on S. Division Avenue, where he claims to have a recording studio on his Facebook page.

Manders waived his right to a preliminary exam and the case against his is currently slated to go to trial.

24 Hour News 8 attempts to reach the alleged victim Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Wednesday, the Amway Hotel Corporation released this statement about the alleged assault:

“The reported assault on one of our hotel guests is a most exceptional circumstance. We express our deep regret that this occurred, and acknowledge how difficult it was for all involved.

“When notified of the incident, our hotel staff and security responded quickly to provide assistance and support to our guest, and to obtain information to provide to Grand Rapids Police. As a result, the suspect was apprehended in a short time near the hotel, in the downtown area.

“The Amway Hotel Corporation holds the safety of our guests at the forefront in our hotel properties.”

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