Police: Berrien Co. Sexual Assault Suspect in Custody

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NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A suspect in a Berrien County sexual assault is in custody, according to police.

Deputies say the as-yet unidentified 25-year-old Buchanan man sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Niles Township Monday.

After releasing surveillance photos of the suspect and his car at approximately 3:12 p.m. Tuesday, they confirmed someone was in custody just a few hours later.

He is currently lodged at the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The victim was walking east on River Road near the intersection of Red Bud at approximately 4:05 p.m. Monday and was taken by a man in a four-door, dark-colored vehicle.

He then allegedly took her to two different locations in Niles Township and sexually assaulted her.  She was then dropped off at a mobile home park in the Buchanan area.

The man’s identity will be released pending his arraignment Wednesday.

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