Ypsilanti police asks for help locating man missing 7 months
YPSILANTI, MI – Police are asking for assistance in locating an Ypsilanti man who has been missing for seven months. According to family and friends it is highly unusual for Burns not to be in regular communication with them, police said. Burns is described as standing at 6-feet 3-inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. The Ypsilanti Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating Burns, requesting anyone with information about his whereabouts to call officers at 734-325-0566. Additionally, anyone can provide information by calling or texting the Ypsilanti Police Department’s confidential tip line at 734 292 5429, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.mlive.com
Alleged gang rape on Eastern Michigan University campus under investigation
YPSILANTI, MI – Police are investing two reports of alleged gang rape committed against one person on and off Eastern Michigan University’s campus in August. An alert was recently issued to EMU students stating the Eastern Michigan University Police Department and Ypsilanti Police Department are investigating two incidents of multiple people sexually assaulting the same survivor in the span of three hours on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. “At this time the investigation is continuing and we have nothing more that we can share publicly,” Eastern Michigan University Director of Media Relations Melissa Thrasher said in an email. Shana Thompson at the Eastern Michigan University Police Department at 734-487-1222, or the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734-483-9510. More from MLive:‘Literally power to the people.’ Ann Arbor group gearing up for ballot campaignSaline students walk out to protest COVID mask mandateMan pleads guilty to killing woman in drunken driving crash on University of Michigan campusmlive.com
Ypsilanti home’s cupboard, side door damaged in apparent stray gunfire
YPSILANTI, MI – An Ypsilanti resident returned home Tuesday night to discover his side door and cupboard had been hit by apparent stray gunfire. Police were called at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, to the 800 block of Hilyard Robinson Way in Ypsilanti for several reports of shots fired in the area, according to the Ypsilanti Police Department. Officers arrived to find several spent shell casings in the area, but no suspects or victims, police said. Later, at 9:30 p.m., police were called to a home in the 800 block of Frederick Street, a little more than a block away from Hilyard Robinson Way, for a report of gunfire damage, police said. The resident did not recall seeing the damage before leaving in the morning and did not recall hearing any gunshots, police said.mlive.com
Arrests made in one home invasion, another under investigation in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, MI – An arrest was made in one home invasion in Ypsilanti early Friday morning, while another that occurred later that evening is still under investigation. Police were called at 4:03 a.m. Jan. 8, to a residence in the 400 block of Monroe Street for a home invasion in progress, according to the Ypsilanti Police Department. He was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail to await charges from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Later that night, at 10:31 p.m., police were called to a residence in the 900 block of Grant Street for a reported home invasion, police said. No suspect information is available, and it is unclear if anything was taken.mlive.com
Police search for man who tried to lure 2 children toward vehicle in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Police are searching for a man who tried to lure two children toward his vehicle in Ypsilanti, officials said. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Westmoreland Street, according to police. The man was driving a newer model Honda CRV when he approached two children slowly in the SUV and tried to talk to them, authorities said. When the children ignored him, he tried to gain their trust by pretending to know one of their parents and calling them over, police said. The children continued to ignore the man and made it home, officials said.
Eastern Michigan University student’s slaying remains unsolved 8 years later
YPSILANTI, MI – It’s been eight years since Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender was found slain in her off-campus apartment and no arrests have been made. Her death was ruled asphyxiation associated with drowning, though police said the oxygen deprivation occurred prior to her being placed in the tub. The Ypsilanti Police Department, which has been investigating Niswender’s death since 2012, did not respond to requests for comment regarding the ongoing investigation. Despite DNA evidence of two unknown males being found at the scene, no suspects have been identified or arrested since her death. “They (Ypsilanti police) said they didn’t want to use up all the DNA evidence they collected, but they wouldn’t have to.mlive.com
Lawsuit filed against Ypsilanti Police Department alleges workplace discrimination, retaliation
YPSILANTI, MI – An Ypsilanti Police Department lieutenant has filed a lawsuit against the city and his bosses alleging the department is a racially hostile environment and that he was the victim of workplace retaliation. An employment discrimination lawsuit against the City of Ypsilanti, Police Chief Tony DeGiusti and Lt. Brent Yuchasz was filed Nov. 23 in the Washtenaw County Trial Court by attorneys representing Ypsilanti Police Department Lt. Timothy Anderson claiming he was the victim of racial discrimination and retaliation for reporting use of force violations committed by subordinate officers within the department, court records show. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys David Robinson and Brandon McNeal of Robinson & Associates, is seeking at least $25,000 in damages for loss of wages, damage to professional reputation and emotional distress, the lawsuit states. The filed complaint does not offer specific information or examples of the alleged use of force violations, nor does it elaborate on the disciplinary action taken against Anderson. Attorneys representing Ypsilanti, the law firm Barr, Anhut and Associates, did not respond to requests for comment.mlive.com
Motorcyclist punches car, shatters mirror in road rage incident, police say
YPSILANTI, MI – A motorcyclist damaged an Ypsilanti man’s car with his fist Thursday evening during an apparent road rage incident, police said. The man walked into the Ypsilanti Police Department Thursday, Sept. 24, to report his vehicle was damaged at about 6:45 p.m. during an alleged road rage incident in the area of Michigan Avenue and Prospect Street, according to the Ypsilanti Police Department. During the altercation, the man said the motorcyclist punched the side of his vehicle and his side mirror, causing it to shatter, before fleeing, police said. The motorcyclist was not known to the victim, police said, adding the bike’s license plate number was not obtained. More from The Ann Arbor News:‘Where do we go from here?’ Survivors Speak hosts anti-racism protest at University of Michigan DiagMurder suspect targeted elderly man at Meijer, court records showThird former Eastern Michigan University student charged with sexual assaultmlive.com
More victims come forward in Eastern Michigan University sexual assault investigation
YPSILANTI, Mich. The Ypsilanti Police Department is investigating allegations of multiple sexual assaults from 2014 to 2018 by members of Eastern Michigan Universitys fraternity system. The investigation has resulted in two men being charged, and sources said more people are coming forward. McWilliams friend, Dustyn Durbin, who has also graduated, was charged with sexually assaulting eight different women. The alleged assaults happened while both men were EMU students, either at fraternity houses or other off-campus residences. A woman went to Ypsilanti police this year to make a complaint and now the amount of people coming forward has doubled.
Deputy charged for allegedly sexually assaulting 3 women at Eastern Michigan University
YPSILANTI, Mich. – A Washtenaw County deputy has been charged with criminal sex conduct toward multiple women during his time as a student at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Deangelo McWilliams, 24, is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting three separate women beginning when he was 20 years old. The man is accused of sexually assaulting two of the women on separate occasions at a fraternity house. Durbin was charged on Friday with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from the sexual assault of seven separate women, officials said. Officials say sexual assault complaints regarding Durbin date back to 2014, but were not investigated by EMU.
Parents support Ypsilanti Community Schools decision to remove resource officer
YPSILANTI, Mich. Parents with students at Ypsilanti Community Schools said they support the districts decision to no longer have a school resource officer on campus. Thats one of the reasons officials with Ypsilanti Community Schools is making changes. My initial feeling was sadness because our school resource officer, Deputy Guynes, has been awesome, teacher Dan Schunck said. Were on top of the social unrest theyre seeing right here in the Ypsilanti community. Parents said theyd still like to see the district partner with the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office and the Ypsilnati Police Department in other ways.