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Notice of Crime – Robbery – Off campus MPC

1/20/2017 12:43 am

Reported Offense: On Jan. 20, 2017, at approximately 11:44 p.m., a robbery was reported to Richmond Police as having occurred in the 800 block of North Harrison Street at 11:32 p.m. The Richmond Police are investigating this incident.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The suspects approached the victim and asked for money for food.  After a brief conversation, a threat was made about a firearm and the victim was robbed of their cell phone, cash and headphones. No firearm was actually displayed. The suspects fled eastbound on Catherine Street.

Suspect/s: Four black males on bicycles, late teens or early twenties in age, all wearing hoodies with the individual that committed the robbery wearing a white or grey hoodie.

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. Richmond Police are leading the investigation.

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:

Robbery:

•    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 using the RamSafe transportation service between 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; a suspect may ask, “Do you have a cigarette?” or “Can I use your phone?”

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. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

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.