Grand Haven boardwalk groping suspect arrested, charged

The sunset over the Grand Haven boardwalk on Dec. 14, 2015.
The sunset over the Grand Haven boardwalk on Dec. 14, 2015.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Haven man police say sexually touched a woman on Grand Haven’s boardwalk has been formally charged.

Patrick Russell Alber, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the March 7 incident.

A woman said she was approached and groped by a man while walking on the boardwalk. The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said its investigation led to Alber, after other women said they were approached by a man with a similar description.

If convicted, Alber could face up to two years in prison. He remains free on a $250 bond.