Sheriff’s Office: Rape suspect arrested in Guam


GREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –The Big Rapids High School senior accused of raping a 15-year-old has been arrested in Guam, according to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.

The 18-year-old suspect was in the custody of military police in Guam and will be extradited back to Michigan, a Tuesday evening release from the sheriff’s office said.

In related charges, a second Big Rapids resident has been arrested on two counts of sexual assault for allegedly attacking two Big Rapids juvenile girls, the release from the sheriff’s office said. That 19-year-old suspect is being jailed without bond. His name has not yet been released.

Police sources told 24 Hour News 8 the suspect who fled to Guam is Patrick Kettner. He was set to graduate in a week.

Sheriff’s department officials told 24 Hour News 8 Kettner got a ride late Sunday from Big Rapids to Grand Rapids, where he flew from Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Chicago, then to Tokyo. Authorities said they believed Kettner was headed to Guam, where his father is stationed in the military, Purcell told 24 Hour News 8.

A last-minute, one-way ticket from Grand Rapids ending up in Tokyo can range  from $1,500 to about $4,000, according to travel websites.

Authorities believed someone was helping the suspect elude police.

“An 18-year-old student needs resources to pull something like this off, and we’re looking at all avenues,”  Purcell said, adding that those helping him could face charges.

Deputies said the sexual assault happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a gathering of eight to 10 teens at the suspect’s home in Green Township, near Big Rapids. The suspect allegedly got a 15-year-old girl drunk before raping her.

It’s at the same gathering that the second, 19-year-old suspect allegedly committed the sexual assault of which he is accused.

The alleged assault of which Kettner is accused was reported Monday evening, Purcell said.

By early Tuesday, when deputies got a search warrant for Kettner’s family home, he was gone. So were several weapons, including long guns and handguns, Purcell said. The Big Rapids Pioneer is reporting those guns have been located.

Investigators confirmed they found images of the suspect on his Facebook page — under a different name — most with weapons and military fatigues. They include videos of him drawing and firing weapons.

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