Aquinas College on alert after sexual assault | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Police are looking for a man who attacked two women over the weekend. Both victims gave their own description of the suspect, but police say one man is likely responsible.
The assaults happened early Saturday morning off Fulton, near Aquinas College. Police say the man attacked the two women within half an hour behind Common Ground Church on Fulton early Saturday morning.
Now, many people in the area are being extra cautious with their daily activities.
"I was going to go for a jog that night, so now that I heard what was going on, I'll be doing it in the morning or daytime, not at night, that's too dangerous right now," says one sophomore at Aquinas College.
Police say the suspect sexually assaulted a 21-year-old Aquinas College student at around 2:20 a.m. 30 minutes later, police say he targeted a 47-year-old woman in the same area who was able to get away.
In addition to a campus alert, Aquinas College is reminding students of an escort service available.
"My mom told me her schedule, so she can come pick me up," says Asia Banks, an Aquinas College student.
WZZM 13 took the suspect sketch to show businesses and residents in the area.
"That image is branded in my brain, so if i do see him, I'll call 911," says Michelle Francisco, Administrator for Fulton Manor, an assisted living center, where 200 employees got a safety reminder.
"Enter and exit the building in groups, look around your car, and make sure no one is hiding," says Francisco.
Francisco says everyone should continue their daily routines with their eyes wide open.
"We can't take where we are or what we're doing for granted," says Francisco.
The sexual assault victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Anyone with information is urged to call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer.