GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Police have identified and arrested the suspect in a pattern of attempted abductions.
The individual was taken into custody, without incident, at approximately 7:45AM on Monday August 30th, 2021, walking in the general area of where the incidents occurred. The suspect will be interviewed by Detectives and charges will be presented to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.
The capture of the suspect was directly attributable to a tip received from a community member. Grand Rapids Police want to thank the entire community for helping to solve the case.
“It is this cooperation that makes Grand Rapids a safer place. We rely on the communities help to solve crime and this is a perfect example of how that can happen”, said Chief Eric Payne.
The Grand Rapids Police Department asked for the communities help in identifying the suspect in multiple abduction attempts on the city’s northwest side. Since Thursday August 26th, 2021, there have been five attempts to abduct children.
The general area of these abductions has been in the Alpine and Richmond area, with two of the attempts occurring in Richmond Park and near Harrison School. Surveillance video captured the suspect in the area of one of the attempts.
The suspect was described as follows: Either a very tan White or Middle Eastern male, approximately 40 years of age, 5’10 to 6’0″, heavy build, with a black full beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray shirt, khaki shorts, and sandals.
The suspect attempted to lure juvenile males between the ages of 5 and 13 years of age, with a ploy of helping him find his lost dog. A weapon was implied in at least one of the incidents. Each of the victims have given a similar description of the surveillance photos obtained.
Anyone with information or tips can contact the Grand Rapids Police Family Services Team: Sergeant Brendan Albert, 616.456.3421; Detective Wendy Dyer, 616.336.5177 or Detective Jeff Bouma, 616.336.3599. Anonymous tips can be made to Silent Observer 616.774.2345 or www.silentobserver.org.