Flint 911 reviewing its handling of response to alleged rape at church

| April 22, 2012

FLINT, MI — The city's 911 director said he has concerns with how his department handled at least one of the emergency calls that came in concerning reports of a rape at a Flint church.

Flint 911 Director Stephen Todd said his department is reviewing how dispatchers responded to incidents at First Presbyterian Church of Flint last month where a man man allegedly raped one woman and tried to rape another in the downtown church's bathroom.

The pastor of the church, Dr. John Musgrave, said previously that Flint police failed to respond to the March 27 incident.

Deputies from the Genesee County Sheriff's Office apprehended the suspect after church members said they chased the man out of the church before he could assault a second victim.

911 recordings, which were obtained by the Flint Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request, also include interactions between dispatchers and staff at Hurley Medical Center and Flint police officers in relation to the incident.

All of the recordings are from March 27.

The first recording contains the first call dispatch received from the church staff at 2:16 p.m.

"I've got a girl that's here and she said that there was a guy that was holding a gun to her head in our restroom," the caller told dispatch.

There is loud sobbing from the victim in the background.

Dispatchers are then given a description of the suspect, but the caller never mentions that an alleged sexual assault took place.



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