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Student groped on campus, graffiti damage, and multiple hit and runs – GRCC Police Reports

GRCC Police Department. (Arielle Jackson/The Collegiate)

By Alena Visnovsky and James Herold

Graffiti damage discovered on exterior of Applied Technology Center

While on mobile patrol around 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 23, Grand Rapids Community College police officers noticed some graffiti on the east wall of the Applied Technology Center on the GRCC campus. The graffiti was some random paint marks on the concrete wall just off Claremont Avenue. on the southeast corner of the ATC. Officers emailed the GRCC facilities department and asked for someone to be assigned to clean it. The cost to clean it was around $300. There are no known suspects or witnesses. 

More graffiti damage reported, this time at the Student Center

On Aug. 23 around 2:15 p.m., GRCC officers arrived at the third floor patio stairwell of the Student Center regarding a phone call from a custodian who reported that there was graffiti in the stairwell leading down to the second floor patio. 

When officers arrived there were no suspects or witnesses around and no suspect information. The graffiti was a smiley face that was sprayed on in red and black paint. There was also the word “love” written on the wall next to it in black spray paint. There were also smaller, unintelligible markings surrounding the face. The cost to remove the graffiti was around $300.  

Lost laptop inquiry referred to IT Department

On Thursday, Aug. 25, at 12:14 p.m., GRCC Police got a visit from a GRCC employee who came to inquire about a work laptop that she lost. She said she already spoke with the IT department and that they said she was issued a new computer back in 2020. The employee said she doesn’t remember getting a new computer back then but knows she turned in her old one to get an upgrade. 

Officers spoke with an IT employee about the situation. He forwarded an email from the woman back in April of 2020 where she stated she was having trouble logging in on her new computer. He said they have records that they assigned her a new computer in addition to the e-mail from her stating she was having trouble logging on to the computer. 

The employee stated she had looked all over her house and office and could not find the computer. She said during the pandemic she was not on campus for almost two years. She did not believe the computer was stolen, she just couldn’t find it. GRCC Police told her that they did not believe the computer was stolen and that the police department would not be doing any more follow up. GRCC Police told her that they would be closing their report and would turn the incident over to the IT Department. 

GRCC student’s car damaged in a hit and run in Ramp A

On Monday, Aug. 29 at 12:03 p.m., GRCC Police were dispatched to a hit and run that occurred in Ramp A on level six. Dispatch advised the driver of the vehicle was waiting at the front desk of the GRCC Police Department. The vehicle owner said that approximately 7 a.m., she parked her Black 2017 Audi Station Wagon on level six of Ramp A on the west end of the ramp. She told police that her vehicle was not damaged when she parked it. The driver returned to her vehicle at approximately 11:45 a.m. and noticed the rear passenger quarter panel was damaged. She advised there was a vehicle parked next to her when she noticed the damage but it did not appear to be the vehicle that struck her. 

Officers checked the vehicle and noticed the rear passenger quarter panel was damaged and had white paint transfer marks. The officer documented  the damage with their body camera, gave the vehicle owner their business card and the complaint number before leaving the scene. 

GRCC student groped in Parking Ramp A 

On Aug. 29 around 3 p.m. GRCC police were dispatched to the student life office in the Student Center to speak with a student (18 yrs) who had been touched inappropriately. Upon arrival, police spoke with the student who stated that she was trying to locate her car in Ramp A, and while she was on the southwest elevator in Ramp A, an unidentified black man got on the elevator with her. 

The victim said they both got off on the third floor of the ramp. The man was saying something but she couldn’t hear what was being said. The victim said when they both got off the elevator they were in the stairwell, and that is when the unidentified man grabbed her butt. She ran for help and someone escorted her to Student Life. 

The man was described as an unknown black man in his late 20s to early 30s with a short afro, wearing shorts, a gray shirt with the words “God is…” with the rest of the words unknown. 

The victim of the assault did not report any weapons being used or any injuries that occurred during the incident. Officers searched Ramp A and the surrounding areas and were unable to locate the suspect. 

GRCC police issued a timely warning regarding the assault on Aug. 30 via email to all GRCC students and staff. 

Second hit and run of the day in Parking Ramp A

On Aug. 29 around 5 p.m. GRCC police were dispatched regarding a hit and run in Ramp A. The victim reported that her car was hit while she was in class. There was obvious damage on the rear left panel with white paint transfer against the silver paint of her car. 

She stated she arrived at GRCC in the morning and parked on the north side of Ramp A on level six. She parked her Silver 2008 Honda Fit Hatchback and went to her class which started at 11:30 a.m. When she got out of class at 2:15 p.m. she noticed her vehicle was hit and damaged.

Officers asked her if she remembered which vehicles were parked next to her when she arrived in the morning, and she said she remembered a silver sedan which may have been a BMW and she also said that when she got out of class there was a black vehicle parked in the spot to the left of her. She said she didn’t notice any potential witnesses, suspects, or suspect vehicles in the area, and she advised that no one was around. She said she had moved her car to the west side of level six in Ramp A due to it being hit, but showed officers the original spot she had parked.

Damage to her vehicle was moderate, with dents, deep scratches, and scrapes on the rear left quarter panel. The panel was also slightly loose and marked with white paint transfer.

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