Police Investigate Recent Increase of Assaults on Women in Grand Traverse County Area

Police are puzzled on how two so similar, scary situations can happen in this usually safe community. Both victims were women, one approached in the middle of the afternoon, and the other early evening in well-traveled areas. Officers are more visible in Clinch Park and the gate to the tunnel gets locked at night. Now, increased patrols at a portion of the TART Trail, the site of the latest attack.

It's not clear whether the men police are looking for live on the street, but it is raising concern. Police say it's unsafe to walk alone, even in the middle of the day. Carry a cell phone, and if something even looks unsettling, don't hesitate to call for help.

Reporting in Grand Traverse County, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson.