Police Beat


By Mary Jo Frank

2 off-duty security officers aid burn victim

Off-duty U-M security officers Melissa Bolyard and Gerald Steiner responded quickly when they came upon a 36-year old homeless man on fire, his clothing apparently ignited by a cigarette, about 1:45 a.m. May 18 near the Dental Building.

Lt. James R. Smiley says Bolyard and Steiner rolled the man in the dirt and used an extinguisher Steiner had in his car to put out the fire.

The victim, who had been sleeping on a steel grate leading to the network of utility tunnels in the 1000 block of North University, received second and third degree burns over about 20 percent of his body. He is in the University Hospital Burn Unit.

Praising their quick thinking and action, Smiley says without Bolyard and Steiner’s assistance it is likely the man would have died.

Kinesiology student arrested for larceny from auto

An 18-year-old sophomore in the Division of Kinesiology was arrested at 5 a.m. May 17 at Alice Lloyd Residence Hall for larceny from an automobile. Arraigned that day in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court, the student was released on personal bond.

Smiley says University Police saw a suspect taking personal property from an automobile in the 1400 block of Washington Heights about 2 a.m. that morning. The suspect and an unidentified man fled as police approached. After investigation, the student was arrested. The case is still under investigation.

Larceny from an auto is a felony with a penalty of up to five years in jail.

Ex-convict rapes student on North Campus

A 32-year old student in the School of Social Work was raped in her Northwood V apartment at 10 a.m. May 10.

The student had befriended the accused, a 38-year-old Flint man who has been in prison several times, Smiley says. After the rape, the man allegedly stole her credit cards and car. He was subsequently apprehended during a robbery in Flint.

In addition to the felony charge for the robbery, the man faces charges of third degree criminal sexual conduct, larceny, larceny of an auto and stealing financial transactions in the Ann Arbor case, Smiley says.

The man is being held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of posting a $10,000 bond.

Student employee arrested for embezzlement

A 21-year-old senior in LS&A and employee in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center was arrested April 19 and charged in an embezzlement of $8,000. She allegedly filed false expense reports for trips not taken.

The University Office of Audits assisted University Police in the investigation, Smiley says.

Embezzlement of over $100 is a felony with a penalty of up to 10 years in jail.

U-M-Dearborn employee embezzles from student funds

A 35-year-old U-M-Dearborn employee is under investigation by Dearborn police, with the assistance of the U-M-Dearborn’s Office of Campus Safety and Security, for embezzling funds from accounts of student groups. The University Office of Audits assisted in the investigation.

The Office of Student Affairs employee allegedly embezzled more than $20,000 in the two years he worked in that office. His employment has been terminated, and he has been charged with embezzlement of over $100.

Patient charged with filing false health claim

A 43-year-old Romulus woman who received treatments for breast cancer at

U-M Hospitals was arraigned May 4 in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court for filing a false health claim. The woman allegedly used her sister’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance card to pay for the treatment, bilking the insurance company out of $30,000.

Filing a false health claim is a felony with a penalty of up to four years in jail.


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