ELPD Seeks Witnesses to Possible Sexual Assault

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 9:01 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

East Lansing’s Police Department is looking for witnesses to an alleged sexual assault during MSU’s Homecoming weekend. ELPD responded on Saturday, October 15, at approximately 12:20 a.m. “to a reported sexual assault of a female outside of Lou & Harry’s in downtown East Lansing,” at 211 E. Grand River Avenue.

According to ELPD, “Upon arriving at the scene and making contact with the male suspect, he tried to flee the area on foot and was arrested. Upon further investigation, the female stated that the male sexually assaulted her while waiting in line.”

ELPD sent out the request for additional witnesses yesterday, and I spoke this morning with Department Spokesperson Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth. He could not provide details of what is alleged to have occurred because the case is still under investigation. But, he said, “If people were in line and saw what happened, it would be clear to them what happened. We are hoping people saw it and if they did see it, they come forward.” He said it was a busy Friday night at the scene.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and has subsequently been released.

I asked Wriggelsworth how many ELPD detectives are typically working on sexual assault cases, and he indicated there is one detective who works on sexual assault full-time for East Lansing. When caseload goes up, according to Wriggelsworth, two other detectives trained to do these kinds of investigations take on some of the work.

ELPD asks that persons who witnessed the incident on October 15 to contact Detective Chris Shadduck at (517) 319-6842.