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Crime Alert: Notice of a Commercial Robbery off campus MPC

11/26/2014

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 a commercial robbery. 

Reported Offense:  On November 26, 2014, at approximately 7 a.m., a commercial robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.

Suspect descriptions: A black male, 5’0”-5’4,” wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a white thermal shirt underneath, khaki pants, black tennis shoes, black gloves with a white design on them and a black mask with the eyes cut out. 

Brief description of how the crime took place:  The suspect entered the 7-11 convenience store displaying a large black and silver handgun.  The suspect took money from the registers and fled northbound on Madison Street.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community. VCU Police and the Richmond Police Department have increased patrols in the 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:

  • 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. - 8 a.m.  Call 828-SAFE (7233) or email at http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
  • For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see:  www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Be very cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; some tactics used are:
    • “Do you have a cigarette?”; or
    • “Can I use your phone?”

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.

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

Off Campus Crime Alert

11/24/2014

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 armed robbery. 

Reported Offense:  On 11/23/2014 at approximately 11:04 p.m. an armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred at 801 W. Clay St.

Suspect descriptions: Suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8”, average build, no facial hair, wearing a black jacket with a hood.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The victim reported the suspect entered the business, displayed a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.  The suspect was last seen leaving the area northbound on Gilmer Street toward Catherine Street away from campus, with an undetermined amount of U.S. currency.   

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 the 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:

  • 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 5pm-8am.  Call 828-SAFE (7233) or email at http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
  • For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see:  www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Be very cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; some tactics used are:
    • “Do you have a cigarette?”; or
    • “Can I use your phone?”

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.

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.