Security Bulletin: DPSS Seeks Community Assistance Identifying Subject of Crime Alert

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Update: June 15, 2023 – The suspect in the crime alert referenced below has been arrested.

The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) stands firmly committed to the safety and well-being of its community members. DPSS recently issued a crime alert in response to reports of sexual assault and indecent exposure incidents on North Campus. Following the alert, an additional indecent exposure was reported that occurred on May 21, 2023, near the Church Street parking structure. The University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD) is actively investigating the incidents in partnership with the Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Investigative efforts include but are not limited to obtaining statements and collecting and analyzing evidence in partnership with the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. We have also deployed technological and other resources to support the investigation.

In addition to recent incidents reported on campus, we are investigating the potential connection to similar crimes reported to AAPD in February, March, and May of this year. 

At this stage, all incidents are believed to have been committed by the same individual. 

Beyond investigative efforts, DPSS has enhanced our security and police presence on campus, and we are working with the Dean of Students Office and other university partners to provide outreach and support to impacted community members. 

We urge anyone who has experienced a similar incident or with information regarding recent reports to contact UMPD at 734-763-1131 or, by texting 377911 or through the Confidential Tip Line at 1-800-863-1355. 

Remember, if you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior by calling 911. It is also important to trust one’s intuition. We encourage community members to choose alternative options when they feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a particular situation. Walking with a trusted friend or co-worker whenever possible is a great way to enhance personal safety.

Sexual assault is an egregious violation that occurs when consent is absent. U-M recognizes that the perpetrators bear full responsibility for these actions and stresses that no individual deserves, requests, or invites sexual assault. We strongly encourage survivors of sexual assault or anyone who knows someone who has experienced such a traumatic event to report it to law enforcement. UMPD has a dedicated Special Victims Unit to provide a safe and caring environment where victims are empowered to take action.

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