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Pastor says police didn't respond to rape report at church

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The pastor of a Flint church says city police failed respond to a recent report of a rape at his church about four blocks from police headquarters.

John Musgrave, senior pastor at downtown's First Presbyterian Church, tells The Flint Journal that church staff ended up preventing a second possible sexual assault by the man at the church on March 27 about an hour after the first report.

Musgrave says an ambulance was sent instead of police after the first call.

Flint 911 Director Stephen Todd says, however, the original call didn't give enough information for dispatchers to know that a sexual assault may have taken place at the church.

Police Chief Alvern Lock also said authorities didn't get an initial indication that a sexual assault may have taken place.

Authorities say a 48-year-old Albert Haymer is in custody in connection to the attacks.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says Haymer met the first woman at a Mass Transportation Authority facility in downtown. He says the woman asked him for food because she was hungry and he took her to the church.

Once there, Pickell says the man got the woman into a bathroom, where he assaulted her.

About an hour later, Pickell says the man tried the same thing with another woman he met at the MTA.

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