Neighbor IDs suspect in bus stop kidnapping, sex assault of child

A 2011 mug shot of Dontrel Williams.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl he allegedly kidnapped from a city bus stop is in the Kalamazoo County jail.

A neighbor tells 24 Hour News 8 she saw officers arrest 39-year-old Dontrel Jermaine Williams at the Clinton Avenue home where the alleged assault happened Wednesday evening. Jail and state police records show Williams is being held on a felony charges of sex assault and kidnapping; no other charges are on his record with MSP.

“From the interview and from what we can gather at this point, it seemed to be a random act,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Capt. Vic Ledbetter said.

Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the 13-year-old victim called dispatchers and told them she had been abducted and was being held upstairs in a house in the 1600 block of Clinton Avenue.

Officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said they narrowed down their search to a specific house and found the victim inside along with the suspect.

The victim said she had been waiting for the bus in the 1200 block of Portage Street when she was approached by the suspect and forced into his car. He then drove her to the house on Clinton Avenue where he sexually assaulted her, investigators say.

The Portage Street bus stop where police say a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped.

Investigators say the 13-year-old girl’s mother was waiting for her. When she didn’t make it home, her mother filed a missing person report.

The victim was able to call 911 when the suspect’s wife came home unexpectedly, the suspect shoved the 13-year-old in a closet and then left her alone briefly.

“I think the wife at this point was dumbfounded, bewildered,” Ledbetter said.

Police say the girl may have saved her own life when she called 911.

“She was smart enough and aware enough to call 911 to report that she had been kidnapped,” Ledbetter said.

Clinton Avenue Kalamazoo house
The Clinton Avenue home where Kalamazoo police say a 13-year-old was sexually assaulted after being abducted from a city bus stop.

Authorities say the suspect and victim do not know each other.

Neighbors were surprised to hear of the incident.

“He’s not the type to do anything like that. He would never kidnap anyone. He’s just not that type,” said Katoya McPherson.

Police are not confirming the suspect’s name. They plan to release it when he is formally charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is expected to happen Friday afternoon.

Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

–24 Hour News 8’s Brady Gillum contributed to this report.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the address of the abduction as 1600 Portage Street based on a police news release. The address has since been corrected.***