Police search for suspect in sexual assault in SW GR

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man wanted in connection to a sexual assault.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said it happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 20 at an apartment on Butterworth Street SW between Seward and Straight avenues.

A woman walked into her apartment and was attacked by a man who got inside without her knowing. The suspect held a knife to the victim’s throat, sexually assaulted her then ran away in an unknown direction.

GRPD says the victim had no idea who the man is.

“Typically there seems to be a loose connection with these types of incidents, that’s why that makes this a little more vicious and severe, if you will, for that victim to go through the trauma of not just this, but the fact that it was a total stranger,” department spokesman Raul Alvarez said.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man in his 30s or 40s, around 6-foot, 230 pounds with an average build and little to no facial hair. He had no noticeable scars, tattoos or piercings.

He was last seen wearing a black flat brim hat with an orange or red logo on it — possibly the Los Angeles Lakers logo. The suspect was also wearing a red t-shirt with black lettering on it, black basketball shorts and black shoes.

The police department released a composite drawing of the suspect Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Snyder at 616.456.3422 or ksnyder@grcity.us, Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or the GRPD Facebook page.

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