It was nearly a year and a half ago that a 28-year-old Lansing woman reported to police that she had been attacked at Adado Riverfront Park.
After 18 months, police arrested a suspect in the case: a 33-year-old man has been charged with rape in the June 2012 incident.
He is accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, unarmed robbery and unlawful imprisonment, law enforcement officials said.
The woman accuses him of assaulting her and robbing her near a park restroom just after midnight on June 8, 2012.
The suspect is being charged as a habitual offender, police said, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week.
Why did it take police so long to identify and arrest a suspect? That question wasn't addressed by police in the media report we read, but it's one that a criminal defense attorney will examine in careful detail while preparing a defense.
We read recently of an Arizona case that resulted in an arrest stemming from rape allegations from 2007.
A 40-year-old suspect in Glendale is accused of meeting women on social media sites and later sexually assaulting them. Police said their investigation was hampered because one of the alleged victims wasn't interested in cooperating with investigators.
A neighbor described the suspect, who is an elementary school teacher, as "an all about good guy" and "wonderful neighbor."
In any case in which identification and arrest are significantly delayed, there are going to be serious questions about the delay and about the process in which investigators eventually settled on the suspect who was arrested.
Source: MLive.com, "Lansing Police arrest suspect in 2012 sexual assault at Adado Riverfront Park," Dec. 4, 2013