Sunday, May 01, 2016

Information Flow on Black-and-White Murder in Grand Rapids, Michigan is Now Going Backwards!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Grand Rapids Anonymous (10:03 a.m. today)

That Grand Rapids is long gone. There are large areas of ghetto now. What used to be homeowned areas is now section 8. Where there used to be banks and businesses is now boarded up buildings. Where there used to be safe streets and friendly neighborhoods, now has prostitution and blacks congregating for illegal transactions. My area is like a small oasis, but the black wave is closing in. Block by block, year by year.

10:05 a.m. update:

No update yet. Police not saying much except, "We will give more info on the arrested person after checking with the prosecutor’s office." That's it.

GRPD investigating homicide at GRCC parking ramp
Police have not yet released information about how victim died
24 Hour News 8 web staff
Published: April 30, 2016, 4:20 a.m. Updated: May 1, 2016, 6:38 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a homicide at a parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College early Saturday.

Officers were called to the GRCC parking ramp in the 100 block of Bostwick Avenue NE north of Lyon Street around 2:47 a.m. According to authorities, a witness contacted police saying a man was seen dragging what appeared to be a body between the main building and the parking ramp.

When officers arrived, they found the body of a woman near shrubs and bushes on the campus. What appear to be drag marks could still be seen in that area Saturday afternoon.

[Previously, on this case, at WEJB/NSU:

“Another Black-on-White Murder in Grand Rapids, Michigan”; and

“Police Make Arrest in Black-on-White Murder in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Update).”]

GRPD investigating homicide at GRCC parking ramp
Police have not yet released information about how victim died
24 Hour News 8 web staff Published: April 30, 2016, 4:20 a.m. Updated: May 1, 2016, 6:38 p.m.

What appear to be drag marks outside the GRCC parking garage where the body was discovered.

Police have not yet said how the woman died, nor have they released any other information about the circumstances of the homicide. Her name was not released Saturday, but police said she was between the ages of 30 and 40.

A K-9 unit was brought to the scene but was not able to track down the suspect, who was described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 30. He was described by a witness as 6 feet tall. He either had short hair or was bald. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

GRCC said it sent out a notification to all staff and students regarding the incident. That alert says it “does not appear (the) individual is connected to GRCC” and asked anyone with information to call GRPD.

Campus Police Chief Rebecca Whitman said there are surveillance cameras in the parking structure, but not on every level. She said that in this case, it would not have mattered even if there were more cameras because no part of the crime occurred inside the structure.

There is a camera near the entrance to the parking ramp. It was unclear if the images it recorded provided GRPD with any information that may lead to an arrest.

The college was not open when the incident happened. Whitman said the campus police are on staff when the college is open for business. After that, Grand Rapids police take over patrol. Anyone on campus after closing time is trespassing.
She said the only connection the college has to the crime is that the body was discovered there.

Grand Rapids police respond to the area of Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids' Heartside neighborhood. They say they are there in connection to the investigation into a homicide at a GRCC parking ramp. (April 30, 2016)
Grand Rapids police outside Mel Trotter Ministries.

Saturday afternoon, police responded to the area of Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood. Police said they were there in connection to the homicide investigation, though they did not say exactly what brought them there.
Later Saturday evening, one person was taken into custody outside Mel Trotter and a weapon was confiscated. Police would not specify whether that was connected to the homicide.

GRPD said its investigation continues and that it would release information about an arrest following approval by the prosecutor’s office.

Saturday’s homicide is not the first killing at the parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College. In 1991, Muriel Stoepker who was homeless and suffered from mental illness was found brutally beaten, raped and shot death near the parking ramp.

–24 Hour News 8’s Joe LaFurgey and Barton Deiters contributed to this report.

From the Grand Rapids file:

“To be White in Grand Rapids, MI: From All-American City to Diversitopia (Updated and Expanded!)”;

“Drowning is in Our Future”;

“Racism in Grand Rapids! Police Enforce Racist City Ordinances Against Noise and Having an Open Fire, and then Enforce Racist State Laws Forbidding Refusing to Follow Police Orders and Rioting! (Colin Flaherty Video)”;

“More Racism in Grand Rapids, Michigan: White Woman Murdered; Suspect is a Black Male (Cops Cover Up Suspect’s Name, but WEJB/NSU Reader Names Him!)”;

“Breaking News: Grand Rapids Murder Suspect Jermaine Cooper in Custody in Detroit, After Four Weeks on the Lam; He Didn’t Go Easy.”

Grand Rapids Anonymous wrote some other excellent essays as comments, but that was before he identified where he lived, and I was thus unable to locate them. When I do, I’ll add them to the Grand Rapids file.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Press conference scheduled for 330pm today.It was confirmed that one person is in custody for this murder.NO ID yet on the body has been given.Hopefully this will be confirmed at the presser.
---GR Anonymous