Girl, 13, kidnapped and sexually assaulted

Kalamazoo man facing sex assault, kidnapping charges

KALAMAZOO, MICH. - A suspect has been arrested after a 13-year-old girl tells police she was forced into a car by that suspect and sexually assaulted at a nearby home.

"She didn't know him," said Captain Victor Ledbetter with Kalamazoo Public Safety. "But I think he said that he had seen her before."

Officers were called to Clinton Avenue between Cameron and Fulford Streets around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. The girl told dispatchers she was being held in a home there.

"The suspect’s wife unexpectedly came home, which caused him to go downstairs to talk to her," Ledbetter said. "At which point he put the 13-year-old girl in the closet and she was smart enough and aware enough to call 911."

Police were able to narrow down their search to a specific house, where they found both the victim and the suspect.

The girl told police she was waiting at a bus stop near the corner of Portage Street and Washington when she was abducted.

"An opportunity presented itself and the suspect took advantage of the opportunity," Ledbetter said.

The suspect, 39, was arrested for kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree. He will be arraigned Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail, MattGard@wzzm13.com.

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