Assault reported near WMU Grand Rapids downtown regional location
WMU Grand Rapids officials learned that an assault on an individual leaving the WMU Grand Rapids building at 200 Ionia SW occurred at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 9. The victim was walking down the sidewalk in the area of the 100 block of Commerce SW toward the parking ramp when he was approached by three males, who asked him for money. The victim refused and was assaulted by one of the suspects. WMU received very little information about the incident until Friday, July 11, early afternoon.
WMU officials are trying to gain additional information and would like to remind members of the University community to exercise basic safety precautions when walking on and off campus.
- Never walk alone and avoid walking in the early hours of the morning.
- Be alert of your surroundings especially if it is dark.
- Stay in well-lit areas when possible and avoid conversations with strangers.
- If you feel as if someone is following you, cross the street and use your phone to call 911. Try to get to a store or place of business that may be open.
Remember: The quicker you report an incident, the easier it is for police to find and apprehend the suspect.
Report on-campus crimes or other suspicious incidents immediately to the Grand Rapids Police Department at [616-456-3400].
For pedestrian escort services, contact a Downtown Grand Rapids Safety Ambassador at [616-250-8263].
About the Grand Rapids Regional Location
With over 1,500 students, WMU-Grand Rapids comprises the largest regional location for Western Michigan University. In 2009, WMU-Grand Rapids marked 100 years of service to this metropolitan community. Two WMU-Grand Rapids' locations, the Beltline location and the Downtown location, serve the needs of area residents who are seeking quality education and professional development.
WMU-Grand Rapids offers 20+ graduate degree programs in the following areas: business, engineering, teaching, counseling, administration, and health and human services. The programs are designed for working adults who need to continue their education and professional development on a part-time basis. Programs can be completed entirely at WMU-Grand Rapids, and classes are scheduled primarily in the evenings or weekends at two convenient locations in the city.