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Current advisory

Crime alert off campus

12/21/2014

Notice of crime off campus: 

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 Aggravated Assault

Reported Offense: On December 21, 2014, at approximately 1:56 AM, an aggravated assault was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred at 00 block of N. Harvie St.  Richmond Police are investigating the incident.   

Suspects: The first suspect wasa white male, last seen wearing a Redskins hat.  The second suspect was a white male, last seen wearing a striped hoodie.  The suspects last known direction of travel is southbound on Harvie St. toward Main St. in a silver colored Mercedes Benz.    

Brief description of how the crime took place:  The victim was walking in the 00 block of North Harvie Street past the suspects’ parked vehicle when the victim and the first suspect got into a verbal dispute.  The first suspect got out of the vehicle and struck the victim with a dark object several times causing a laceration to the back of the victim’s head.  The suspect was last seen getting into a silver colored Mercedes fleeing southbound from the scene.   

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. 


Aggravated Assault:

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 RamSafe during the hours of 5pm-8am.  Call 828-SAFE (7233) or email at 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, staff, faculty, and citizens of Richmond are encouraged to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to the VCU Police immediately at 804-828-1234. Any helpful information in this case can be reported to the VCU Detectives at 804-828-6409.

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.

 

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: http://www.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.