Police searching for man in reported abduction, sex assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are searching for a suspect who reportedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman.

It allegedly happened around 9 p.m. Friday near Aquinas College, police said. A message sent by Aquinas College to all students, staff and faculty, it happened at the corner of Woodmere Avenue SE and Robinson Road SE.

According to an Aquinas spokesperson, the 19-year-old woman said she was walking when a black, four-door sedan with tinted windows approached. The suspect then got out of the vehicle, approached the victim and forced her inside the sedan, the release said.

Police said the suspect then drove the victim to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was eventually able to escape the suspect, call for a ride and contact the police, the release said.

Police describe the suspect as being middle-aged male with salt and pepper colored hair and facial hair, including a long goatee. According to an Aquinas spokesperson, the suspect’s sedan had a leather interior with orange or red display lights and a messy back seat that contained clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.