Flint police fail to respond to rape at downtown church, pastor says

| April 3, 2012

FLINT, MI — The pastor of a Flint church says that Flint police failed to respond to a report of a rape at his church last week, leaving church staff to prevent the suspect from assaulting a second woman nearly an hour later.

Flint authorities disagree with the description of their response.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell announced last week that a 48-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly raped one woman at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Flint, which is roughly four blocks from Flint police headquarters.

The man returned to the church about an hour later, Pickell said, and attempted to rape a second woman. However, church staff members were able to stop the attack and locate nearby sheriff's deputies, who arrested the suspect.

John Musgrave, senior pastor at First Presbyterian, said his staff called police immediately after discovering that a 24-year-old woman had been raped in the men's restroom of the church, located on the corner of Third and Saginaw streets, Tuesday afternoon.

Musgrave said police never responded to the call, although an ambulance was sent to the scene.

Flint 911 Director Stephen Todd confirmed that his department received calls from the church about the incident.




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