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Holland police search for Hope College assault suspects

The Holland Sentinel • Oct 15, 2018 at 7:27 PM

HOLLAND — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects who attempted to force a Hope College student into their car Saturday night.

Capt. Keith Mulder of the Holland Department of Public Safety said the incident occurred at 11:30 p.m.

The 19-year-old victim was walking west on 14th Street from a house at 14th Street and Lincoln Avenue toward her Kollen Hall dormitory. She said a black SUV with 3-4 males in it pulled up next to her and started yelling comments to her and telling her to get in the car, Mulder said.

When she refused and continued to walk away, three subjects got out of the vehicle and two of them approached her, told her to get in the car, threatened her and tried to grab her arm. The victim struck the two subjects and ran to her dorm.

She was not injured, Mulder said.

Mulder said officers attempted to locate the suspect vehicle that night, without success.

The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 20 years old, with a skinny build, medium-length brown hair, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, and wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as a white male, with a bigger build and a slight “gut,” approximately 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with short brown hair and a large nose, wearing a blue T-shirt with white graffiti on it, and black Adidas pants with white stripes down both legs.

It was unclear why the information wasn’t released to the media before Monday.

Anyone who has information that may help in this investigation is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1150 or email investigators at policetips@cityofholland.com. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may contact Silent Observer by calling 877-887-4536, texting OCMTIP and your message to 274637, or online at mosotips.com.

Mulder said students are reminded to not walk alone late at night, but rather walk with others for increased safety.

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