Registered sex offender raises concerns after donating money to men and boys choir
At 11:49 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2018 a Grand Rapids Community College employee arrived at Campus Police Headquarters to report a donation from a suspicious person. The employee, an adjunct music instructor, informed the officer he and his wife regularly accept donations for a memorial fund directed to the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, located at 265 Sheldon Boulevard.
The employee reported he and his wife received and accepted a $50 donation to the fund on behalf of a man who was later identified as a registered sex offender through the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), which is public information. The professor’s concern was regarding the man’s intentions on GRCC’s campus and the students involved in the choir.
*Editor’s Note: GRCC administrators contacted The Collegiate on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 to clarify that the suspicious person in this report was not on campus to turn in the donation; it was mailed in.
The officer assigned to the report informed the professor that according to a system search of the man in question, the man has been off parole since Dec. 2017, has not had any prior contact with campus police and is not a registered student at GRCC. Additionally, the man is a lifetime registered tier 3 sex offender and has fulfilled all of his reporting requirements according to the Sex Offender Registry.
The officer advised the professor to contact campus police should any situation arise with the man while on campus so GRCCPD can determine if a crime has been committed.
Warrant arrest issued after a traffic stop
At 7:03 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2018 a GRCCPD initiated a traffic stop on the intersection of Bostwick Avenue and Lyon Street after a Honda sedan failed to stop at a red light. After the driver of the vehicle identified himself with the proper documents, the GRCCPD officer entered the driver’s information into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN). A report showed the driver had a contempt of court warrant issued for his arrest out of Grand Rapids.
The driver’s 14-year-old son was in the car with him during the traffic stop and arrest. After calling for backup to assist in the arrest, the arresting officer transported the driver to the Kent County Correctional Facility (KCCF) while the other officer called the driver’s sister to pick up the driver’s son and the car.
Arrest made after man caught smoking pot in Jaguar near GRCC fieldhouse
At 9:40 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2018 a student reported to campus police a suspicious incident at the Ford Fieldhouse on Ransom Avenue after the student witnessed a man attempting to enter a golden colored Jaguar with a credit card.
A GRCCPD officer was dispatched to the scene and on arrival saw the man who was reported sitting in the passenger’s seat with one leg outside of the car. The first officer to arrive to the scene smelled marijuana as he approached the car. As the officer spoke to the man, he noticed a mason jar and a small bag with what appeared to be marijuana. In addition to the sight, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana from the car and the suspicious man. The officer asked the man for his identifying documents, but the man stated he recently lost his wallet and did not have any current documents with him. The man verbally identified himself and provided an expired Michigan ID and explained he was in the car waiting for his brother, who was the owner of the vehicle. A system search showed the man had a warrant for his arrest out of St. Joseph. A LEIN search also showed the vehicle had been recently impounded and released to the man’s brother. The man stated his brother was on his way to get the proper plate for the car during the time of the incident.
One of the officers informed the man he had a warrant for his arrest. The man became increasingly upset about the arrest and stated he already had two other pending court dates out of different departments. The man was transported to KCCF for the warrant out of Berrien County. Upon a vehicle search, the officers retrieved the mason jar and small bag and seven small “blunt” cigar butts. All three items were tested for illegal substances and all three were confirmed positive for marijuana. In total, over five grams of marijuana, a $35 street value, were seized from the vehicle.
Attempted armed robbery between Main and DeVos campuses
At 1:06 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2018 a GRCCPD officer was dispatched to Sneden Hall on a call regarding a GRCC student involved in an assault between the DeVos and Main campuses.
Upon arrival, the officer dispatched spoke to the victim about the assault. The victim stated that while he was heading east on the sidewalk on Fountain Street toward the Main Building he was approached by a man he did not know. The man asked for the Subway sandwich the student victim was holding and said that he was hungry and homeless. When the victim refused to give him his sandwich the man grabbed the victim’s left forearm and pulled him closer. The victim pulled away and the perpetrator began to reach for the victim’s front pants pockets. The victim then punched the man in the neck and ran back towards DeVos Campus.
The victim explained to the responding officer it took him nearly an hour to reach campus police because he was unaware of how to contact the department. GRCCPD began their search for the suspect in the area. The victim toldthe officer he did not want to press charges.
The perpetrator was described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build and dreadlocks. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and a white backwards baseball cap.
At 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2018 a GRCC student spoke with officers at Campus Police Headquarters regarding the incident the previous day. The student stated that on Sept. 25 while walking through the Cook Administration Building, a man approached him asking for money to buy food. The student stated he didn’t have any money and shortly after, the men parted ways. The student gave a similar description of the man to the one given by the student who was assaulted. GRCCPD was able to find footage of the man near DeVos Campus around the time of the Sept. 26 incident. As of the time of this report, the man had not been apprehended by GRCCPD.
Assault on campus property not involving students
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2018 a woman stopped a GRCCPD officer who was on foot patrol near the intersection of Lyon Street and Bostwick Avenue requesting help after she was assaulted in her car by a man wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans. After a quick search of the area, the officer saw the man running away from the scene towards the intersection of Bostwick Avenue and Crescent Street by Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.
The GRCCPD officer advised the woman to park near campus police headquarters and instructed her to wait for an officer to arrive at her car to get details on the situation. The woman explained that she had already contact GRPD and was awaiting their arrival. The officer ran towards the man in an effort to detain him. Eventually, the man stopped after the officer’s commands by the intersection of Division Avenue and Crescent Street.
Once the officer caught up with the man, the suspect identified himself. A search in LEIN did not show any warrants for the man. Shortly after, GRPD arrived on the scene and took over the case. Neither the victim nor the suspect were GRCC students.
In a separate call to GRCCPD regarding the same incident, a GRCC professor reported a man was blocking the exit of the Lyon Parking Ramp. The professor reported the man involved in the alleged assault asked her for a ride as she walked to her car after teaching a class at the Calkins Science Center. The man explained he needed a ride around the corner because he was not getting along with the mother of his child. She refused to give him a ride and referred him to campus police who may have been able to help him.