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Crime alert core campus

10/21/2014

Notice of crime core campus: Armed Robbery

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 10/21/2014 @ approximately 1:40 a.m. an armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred 900 block of West Marshall Street.

Suspect descriptions: The first suspect is being described as a black male 6’2”, 160 to 170, pounds, skinny build, wearing an all dark hoodie and shorts, armed with a semi-automatic handgun.  The second suspect is being described as black male 6’4”, approximately 180 pounds, medium build, wearing a black hoodie, also armed with a semi-automatic handgun. They were last seen in a red sports utility vehicle heading east toward Belvidere St. away from campus.   

Brief description of how the crime took place: The four victims reported they were walking eastbound in the 900 block of West Marshall Street when they were approached by the both the suspects displaying firearms and told the victims “empty your pockets.”  While the victims were complying, a shot was fired into the ground.  The suspects were last seen getting into a red sports utility vehicle heading east toward Belvidere Street away from campus.   

Richmond police are investigating this crime and VCU Police are increasing patrols in the area.

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. 

Off Campus Crime Alert

10/18/2014

Notice of Robbery off 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 a strong armed robbery. 
 

Reported Offense:  On October 18, 2014 at approximately 8:00 P.M, a strong armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 1000 block of W. Grace Street.

Suspect descriptions: White male with a mustache, approximately 25 years of age, 5’9” in height and 145 pounds in weight.  The suspect was described as wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The male victim reported being pushed down from behind in the south alley of the 1000 block of West Grace Street.  After this had occurred, the suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and removed a small amount of currency before fleeing westbound in the same alley.  No weapons were displayed during this crime. 
 

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.