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Police Beat

Student arrested with replica gun

John Conover V, an undergraduate student from New Jersey, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony, after a motorist reported March 28 that he had been struck in the face by an object as he drove by the West Quad residence hall. Conover was scheduled for a preliminary exam April 14. He also is charged with two misdemeanors: assault and battery, as well as minor in possession of alcohol.

The motorist reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that he had the driver's side window of his car rolled down when he was struck in the face by an object. He was able to maintain control of his car, which he pulled over to the curb. The DPS investigation determined the object had been a projectile, shot by an airsoft gun from a West Quad window. Airsoft guns are replica handguns that shoot composite projectiles, slightly larger than BBs. The motorist did not seek medical treatment for his injuries.

Two burglaries reported, nothing missing

Two burglary reports were filed with DPS in March, though no property was reported missing. On March 12, a staff member at the Life Sciences Institute (210 Washtenaw) reported that the handle, lock and frame of a room door had been damaged.

On March 13, a resident of South Quadrangle residence hall reported that an unknown male had entered her room through a slightly open door while she was inside. The man claimed to have been looking for someone and was misled by an acquaintance about where he should go. He left without disturbing anything in the room.

Two students file sexual assault reports

Two residents of East Quadrangle residence hall filed unrelated complaints that they each had been sexually assaulted. On March 3, a student reported that she had been forcibly fondled by an acquaintance in January. DPS is continuing to investigate the incident. On March 17, a student reported she had been assaulted by an acquaintance. At this time, she has chosen not to identify the suspect.

Check casher pleads guilty

Tierra Webster, 22, of Ypsilanti, pleaded guilty
March 11 to three of five felony charges after he tried to cash a stolen check Feb. 5 at the Comerica Bank in the Wolverine Tower building. Webster, who is not affiliated with the University, pleaded guilty to forgery, a 14-year felony, and two charges of financial transaction device fraud, each a four-year felony. Webster's sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 13.

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