GRPD: Ford gravesite vandal suspects have come forward

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say two suspects accused of vandalizing the gravesite of President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford have come forward.

Police said Thursday both people are cooperating with the investigation.

The crime happened on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum around 4:07 p.m. on March 27, according to city spokesperson Steve Guitar. Surveillance video and images showed two people walking on the property and sitting atop the gravesite, where one of them tried to rip out a letter.

Grand Rapids police say once their investigation is complete, they will forward the case onto the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office for review and consideration of possible charges.

The only other reported case of vandalism at the gravesite happened in February 2018, when bikers jumped the fence and did wheelies against the wall.

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