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Police arrest suspect in Hope Campus assault

The Holland Sentinel • Nov 2, 2018 at 10:35 PM

HOLLAND — The Holland Police Department has arrested a man they believe was involved in a reported sexual assault on a Hope College student.

Sgt. Matthew Brouwer, of the Holland Department of Public Safety, said Tristen Reyes was taken into custody at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at an address in the 100 block of East 48th Avenue in Holland. Reyes was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Ottawa County Jail.

The assault took place around 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on the sidewalk of 14th Street near College Avenue when two 21-year-old female students were walking eastbound. The victim was walking a short distance behind her friend when she was approached from behind by a male suspect who grabbed her and began to forcibly touch her. The victim’s friend turned around and yelled at the suspect, who then released the woman.

Police found surveillance video from a nearby business of the suspect and identified the man a week later as Reyes, a Holland native.

Reyes, 31, has been charged with assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies. Brouwer said Reyes has not yet been arraigned.

Police previously said they do not believe the Oct. 20 incident is related to a previous assault that happened near Hope College on Oct. 13, when two suspects tried to force a Hope College student into their car.

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