Victim Of Attack Caught On Video Speaks To FOX 17 About Recent Violence In Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 24, 2014) – A brutal attack caught on camera in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids is part of the reason police have stepped up patrols in the area in the past week-and-a-half.

As detectives use the video to identify suspects, one of the victims spoke with FOX 17 but asked us to keep his identity hidden.

“All I did was walk down the street, trying to mind my own business, the next thing I know, I am being hit,” he said.

His attack can be seen, part of a cell phone video capturing one of several alleged assaults said by the victim to have occurred the night of June 17th in downtown Grand Rapids.

Although the recording ends in seconds, the victim said his story continues.

“As soon as the cop told me I was OK to leave I pretty much walked home,” he said.  “On my way home I got jumped again by the same people.”

Police said this specific attack was unprovoked.  Last week, Capt. Curt Vanderkooi sat down with us to review the tape.   GRPD is actively looking for individuals seen in the footage.

The victim said he is speaking with us for a different reason, “I want Rosa (Parks Circle) to go back to what it was supposed to be, not what it has become.”

The same night of this attack, two teens, 16 and 17-years-old, were shot in the back outside the Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Grand Rapids.  Police won’t say if the crimes are connected but will admit it points to a larger issue.

Police are now having extra officers on patrol hoping to deter crime.  The victim said if it works, he is on board.

“If it’s going to get the drama to stop down here, you know what? Do what you got to do.  As long as the drama stops, ain’t nothing left.”

Three people have already been arrested in connection with the assault near Rosa Parks Circle.  One person for the assault, and two women for trying to prevent the arrest of that individual.  Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer.

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