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Crime Alert – Aggravated Assault – Core Campus - MPC

6/1/2015

Notice of Crime – Core Campus MPC

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 May 31, 2015, at approximately 3:48 a.m., an aggravated assault was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. in the vicinity of 1249 West Cary Street.  Both the Richmond and VCU Police Departments have increased patrols in the area.

Suspects:  The suspects are described as a white male, unknown approximate age, clean shaven, 6’3”, 200lbs, wearing a plaid shirt.  No description was provided regarding the second suspect.  No last known direction of travel of suspects was provided.

Brief description of how the crime took place:  Victim reported that while walking east in the 1200 block of West Cary Street with a friend, they observed a group of male individuals standing on the porch of a residence and acknowledged them.  According to the victim, an argument ensued and the white male described above punched him in the face with his fist causing a laceration over his right eye.  The victim reported another individual from the porch punched his friend in the face causing a minor laceration.  No weapons were mentioned or displayed.

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:

•    Immediately report suspicious people and activity to police.

•    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 RamSafe during the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit  http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

•    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.

•    When walking, carry a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm. Use them to attract attention or summon help if you feel you are in danger. Carry the whistle or alarm in your hand so you can use it immediately

•    If followed or threatened by someone who is walking, use your whistle or personal alarm or scream loudly, cross the street and run in the opposite direction.

•    Avoid physical confrontation, if possible, by walking away.

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.

Why am I receiving this email? Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting. This notification is part of our efforts to prevent and solve crimes. To report a crime in progress or an emergency on campus, call 804-828-1234. For off campus emergencies, dial 911. VCU's annual safety report is available at: https://police.vcu.edu/docs/CampusSafetyReport.pdf. Maps of the core campus and VCU Police jurisdiction for each campus are available for review. View the Monroe Park Campus at: http://www.police.vcu.edu/docs/MonroeParkMap.pdf and the MCV campus at: http://www.police.vcu.edu/docs/MCVCampusMap.pdf.

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.