Home Police release additional details about domestic assault at GRCC and unrelated graffiti incident

Police release additional details about domestic assault at GRCC and unrelated graffiti incident

By: James Herold

More detail released about Oct. 5 domestic assault involving GRCC student

On Oct. 5, at about 2:45 p.m., a GRCC police officer was asked by a GRCC dispatcher to respond to the south end of the Bostwick Commons. Dispatch reported that the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) advised that a domestic assault had occurred with a GRCC student. The suspect had left southbound on Library Place possibly carrying a knife. Dispatch asked that the officer speak with the victim who would be waiting at the end of Bostwick Commons. 

GRCC Police contacted GRCC’s Title X Coordinator and asked if she wanted to meet to speak to a victim of a domestic assault at the end of Bostwick Commons. GRCC Police and the coordinator often interview the victim together, with their consent, to prevent having to relive the incident several times. When they approached the victim, police officer was attempting to talk to the victim, but she was very upset and expressing suicidal thoughts.  One of the officers was not in uniform when they asked the victim if they could ask her some questions. The victim replied that she needed to get to Network 180. She was told that she would be taken there as soon as the officers were done getting her the help, she needed to ensure her safety. 

The suspect has a warrant and when she told him she was going to call the police on him, he left southbound on Library Place. The victim said she and the suspect had been arguing throughout the day. She said she was in front of the Grand Rapids Library and left and walked to Bostwick Commons. They continued to argue, and he punched her in the right cheek and told her he “cuts b*tches like her.” The suspect is known to carry a switchblade on him. The victim said the suspect made the same threat to another woman she couldn’t describe.  She was unsure of any other witnesses and the suspect never brandished the knife. 

The victim says she has been the girlfriend of the suspect for roughly three months. They have not been intimate, have no kids in common nor live together. The victim didn’t know much about him without looking at his Facebook page. 

No photographs were taken. There were no visible injuries, red marks or cuts. The victim said it was a very hard punch. 

The GRCC Police drafted a timely warning to students and employees via GRCC’s communications department in compliance with the Clery Act. 

The victim was very agitated that she needed to go to Network 180 to talk to her social worker despite being told she could continue her conversation at the police department. The woman was told she would be called on Oct. 6, if the officer had any further questions and then two officers transported her to Network 180. 

On Oct. 6, surveillance video was requested and neither two individuals were seen in the video. The suspect was called at 8:30 a.m. but did not answer. The victim was called at 8:30 a.m. and said she was able to get the assistance she needed at Network 180. The woman asked to press charges against the suspect for slapping her in the face. She was asked to come back to GRCC PD to complete a victim release statement. The victim said she would be there around 1 p.m. that day. 

The suspect has a criminal bench warrant out of the 61st District Court for an original charge for failing to appear for a probation violation hearing on Aug. 9 and a bond of $1,000. The suspect has a prior domestic violence charge, problems concerning stolen property, disturbing the peace, lying to police officers and malicious use of telecommunications. 

The victim did not show up to her appointment at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6. When called she was asked if she could be able to make it and she replied “she didn’t give a f*ck” about the suspect. She was asked if she could be sent a Advice of Rights and Options and she told the police to send them to Network 180. She was no longer living at the address given to police. She agreed to a few questions. She was asked to explain where the dispute began. The victim said it was in front of the Grand Rapids Library. When asked how she got to Bostwick Commons, a voice in the background screamed at her to not answer anymore questions, and the victim hung up. 

The report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for review. 

On Oct. 7, the prosecutor’s office said the charges were denied. 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence or suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 787-3224 or the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or Text GO to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line, a global not-for-profit organization. Free, 24/7, confidential.

Graffiti reported in parking ramp

On Oct. 7, at approximately 10:44 p.m., the Grand Rapids Community College Police were dispatched to Ramp A for a Damage to Property report involving vandalism on the northwest area of level 5.

When arriving on scene, police found four separate things painted/written on one of the concrete half walls in all black. They range in size from a few inches tall or wide to just over a foot tall or wide. One of them looks like it may have been a swastika that was turned into a box with a + sign in it. The graffiti read: “SNOOP,” “BRDC” and “SLLOIII.” There are x’s inside several of the letters as well. A picture of the damage was taken and was reported to facilities.