Notice of Crime – Robbery – Out of Jurisdiction
11/27/2015 6:23 am
In compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988 Virginia Commonwealth University is giving notice of an armed robbery.
Reported Offense: On November 27, 2015, at approximately 5:06 a.m., an armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Vine Street.
Suspect descriptions: Three suspects are described as follows: 1) white male; approximately 5’10”; medium build; wearing a black hooded sweatshirt; armed with a dark handgun; 2) black male; approximately 6’0; thin build; medium skin tone; wearing a camouflage shirt and dark pants; 3) black male; no further description provided. No ages were provided due to the suspects having their faces covered.
Brief description of how the crime took place: Victim reported after parking and exiting her vehicle near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Vine Street, she was approached by two black males and one white male. She reported the white male pointed a black handgun at her and demanded her money. After complying with his demand the victim reported the suspects entered a small red vehicle driven by the third described suspect, and was last seen travelling south on Lombardy Avenue towards West Main Street. No injuries were reported and the Richmond and VCU Police have increased patrols in the area. The Richmond Police Department is investigating the incident.
It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community. Police have increased patrols in this area.
The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of living in an urban environment. Crimes may occur in our community. The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:
VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling 804-828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.
Students, faculty, staff and citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police immediately.
Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department (24/7) at 804-828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, photos and videos directly to VCU Police. VCU Police detectives can be reached during business hours at 804-828-6409.
• If you find
yourself in a similar situation do not resist. Cooperate.
• In the event of an incident such as this, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
• Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves.
• If the suspect claims to have a weapon, never try to force the bluff.
• Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Call the police immediately.
• When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and choose safety over courtesy.
• If you need help, look for an Emergency Reporting Telephone. You automatically will be connected to the VCU Police Department.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when crossing the street or in another situation that calls for your full attention.
• Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night. Consider use of RamSafe during the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
• For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see: https://police.vcu.edu/safety/index.html and follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.
• Be very cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; some tactics used are:
o “Do you have a cigarette?”; or
o “Can I use your phone?”
It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.
The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and to share this information with other members of the community.
VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.