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Crime Alert: Notice of an aggravated assault core campus MPC

9/28/2014

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 Aggravated Assault.

Reported Offense:  On September 28, 2014, at approximately 8:19 p.m., an aggravated assault was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 200 block of N. Belvidere Street.  Richmond Police are investigating this incident. 

Suspect:  Black male, short dreadlocks, white shirt, red shorts, pushing a yellow bike and accompanied by a black female with short hair, wearing dark clothing and white tennis shoes.

Brief description of how the crime took place:  The victim asked the suspect for a slice of pizza as the suspect exited Domino’s Pizza.  The victim and suspect began to argue when the suspect pulled out a knife, cutting the victim on the arm.  The suspect and female companion were last seen walking Eastbound on Broad Street.

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:

·    Report suspicious or criminal activity to police immediately.

·    Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you.  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 the RamSafe (828-SAFE) during the hours of 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.

·    In the event of an incident, 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.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this information with other members of the community, and are asked to be aware of their surroundings, report suspicious activity to police and use the campus RamSafe transportation service by calling 804-828-SAFE (7233).

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously.

Preparedness

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 Get Adobe Reader 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.