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Man Arrested for Venlo Break-Ins

Nonstudent faces multiple felonies

by Published: Oct 23, 2013

A 19–year-old man was arraigned Monday at the 77th District Court on mul­ti­ple felony charges after break­ing into Venlo Place Apartments and assault­ing two women.

Mecosta County offi­cers appre­hended the sus­pect in Montcalm County after he broke into two adja­cent units at approx­i­mately 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Mecosta County Sgt. Mike Mohr wrote in a press release noth­ing appeared to be miss­ing from either unit. The female in one apart­ment told offi­cers she was assaulted by a sus­pect who fled.

Another female told police she was woken and “found her pants cut.”

Neither woman was injured, accord­ing to Mohr.

Cody Roberts, of Trufant, was lodged in the Mecosta County Jail and is being held on a $1 mil­lion bond. He was charged with mul­ti­ple felonies includ­ing one count of attempted crim­i­nal sex­ual assault in the first degree, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

Marcel Burgler, pres­i­dent of Venlo’ s prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany, said the inci­dent occurred after the complex’s secu­rity per­son­nel had gone home for the night.

“Obviously, this is a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion, and it’s not some­thing we take lightly,” Burgler said. “We will imme­di­ately be increas­ing our secu­rity hours. We will not let this hap­pen again.”

Venlo has had no sim­i­lar inci­dents in recent his­tory, accord­ing to Burgler.

Roberts, who is not a Ferris stu­dent, was also charged with seven counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct in vary­ing degrees and three counts of home inva­sion in vary­ing degrees. He was arrested with the help of Michigan State Police troop­ers from the Mount Pleasant post.

The final pre­trial con­fer­ence was sched­uled for Tuesday, Oct. 22. An update on the case was not avail­able at press time.

If an agree­ment was not reached at the pre­trial con­fer­ence, a pre­lim­i­nary exam­i­na­tion will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Mecosta County courthouse.