Two reports of sexual assault, investigation continues

GVPD, Ottawa County Sheriff's Department looking into two alleged Welcome Week assaults

By Hannah Lentz | 8/28/16 10:13pm

GVL/Kevin Sielaff GVPD officer Minh Lien works within his patrol car Sept. 13 outside of Campus Life Night.
by Kevin Sielaff and Kevin Sielaff / The Lanthorn

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, the Grand Valley State University Police Department was contacted regarding a report of a sexual assault Friday, Aug. 26 at approximately 11:50 p.m. The victim was walking near 48th Avenue and Lake Michigan Drive near Burger King. The victim was approached by a man described as having tan skin, approximately 6'2" with dark hair, wearing basketball shorts and a backward baseball cap. The reported assault took place on the side of the roadway.

The same weekend, a report of sexual assault was made Sunday, Aug. 28 at approximately 3 p.m. to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. The victim reported the assault occurred off-campus, at approximately 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The victim reported being in the parking lot of Campus View apartments on 42nd Avenue. in Allendale, retrieving items from the back seat of a vehicle, when an unknown man approached from behind. The victim reported the subject committed a sexual assault against the victim and left the area. No description of the suspect is available. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the complaint.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call the Grand Valley State University Police Department at (616) 331-3255 or Ottawa County Silent Observer at (877) 887-4536.

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