Police release name of man arrested for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl

Berrien County, Mich. Hours after asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect, police arrested a 25-year-old Buchanan man Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says around 4 p.m. Monday, the girl was walking east on River Road near Red Bud Trail in Buchanan. She was picked up by Donald Fester.

The victim told police Fester drove her to two separate locations in the Niles Township area and sexually assaulted her at each location.

Fester then dropped the girl off near a mobile home park in Buchanan.

The 14-year-old was treated at a Niles hospital and released.

Police tracked Fester down after releasing surveillance photos from a Buchanan gas station that captured pictures of the suspect and his car. The images were shared by thousands.

Fester is currently being held at the Berrien County Sheriff's Department and faces a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct.

The man will be arraigned Wednesday at the Berrien County Courthouse.


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