Home Featured News GRCC Police Investigate Missing, Sleeping, Trespassing And Skateboarding People Between June 7-9

GRCC Police Investigate Missing, Sleeping, Trespassing And Skateboarding People Between June 7-9

The Grand Rapids Community College campus police station. (Samuel Tucker/The Collegiate)

By Sherry Sokolowski

Student Briefly Goes Missing Before Orientation 

On June 7, at 3:33 p.m., Officer Ryan Ford was dispatched to a missing person complaint about a 15-year-old girl who was attending orientation. The girl’s mother contacted campus police saying that her daughter had walked away from their car in the Bostwick parking ramp once they arrived on campus, and she could not find her. Ford began searching in the Student Center and was told by an employee that two separate orientations were being held at the Applied Technology Center on the first and second floors. Ford checked both orientations and the student had not shown up for either.

Ford, along with other officers, searched multiple buildings and ramps on campus. Eventually, the girl was located in the Lyon Parking Ramp, waiting near her mother’s vehicle. She was in the opposite parking ramp from the one that was originally reported. Ford picked up the mother from the ATC and brought her to her car and daughter. Ford then guided the mother and daughter back to the ATC to attend orientation.

Trespassing Complaint Outside the Quiet Cafe

At 9:14 a.m. on June 7, Officer Martin Ruiz headed to the Student Center in reference to a possible homeless person sitting outside the Quiet Cafe. Officers Ruiz and Kaye Newberry made contact with the man but found it difficult to understand him, because he spoke quietly and mumbled. He was then told he could not be on campus unless he had business with the college. It was discovered that he had two warrants from the east side of the state. Officers were previously in contact with the man in 2019 for theft. He was eventually given a warning and was escorted out of the building.

Sleeping Person Found in the Data Center

At 7:14 a.m. on June 7, Officers Kaye Newberry and Martin Ruiz were dispatched to the Data Center in regards to a suspicious situation. A sleeping person was spotted in the back doorway of the Data Center in the Bostwick ramp. Newberry approached the subject and identified her. The individual had a clear record and noted that she normally stayed at a shelter or with friends. She was given a verbal warning for trespassing and was escorted out of the area.

Skateboarding Violation in the Parking Lot

At 4:50 p.m. on June 9, Officers Ryan Ford and Thomas Stasiak were sent to College Park Plaza  to check out a skateboarding complaint. The caller reported a few skateboarders in the parking lot. The officers discovered four skateboarders in the lower level parking area of the College Park Plaza building. They were all issued a warning and told to not skate on campus. The skateboarders consequently left campus.

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