Crime Alert: Off Campus
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 off campus robbery.
On April 20, 2014 at approximately 12:08AM, an off campus robbery was reported to the Richmond Police as having occurred in the area of 500 block of Hancock Street. The Richmond Police Department is handling the investigation.
The victim describes the first suspect as a black male, approximately 5’9” in height in his early 20’s. He was last seen wearing black shirt and black pants. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5’7” in height, also in his early 20’s. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants. The suspects were last seen fleeing the area northbound on Hancock Street and eastbound on W. Leigh St.
Brief description of how the crime took place:
The victim advises that he was walking eastbound on Catherine St. when heard the suspects walking closely behind him. The victim advised that when he got to the intersection of Hancock and Catherine Streets, he heard one of the suspects say, “Get the gun.” At that time the victim stopped walking when he was subsequently approached by the suspects. The first suspect demanded the victim’s iPhone and wallet, which contained $140 U.S. Currency. At no time was a weapon displayed, but the victim complied with the suspects’ demands. The victim advised that the suspects fled on foot northbound on Hancock Street, then eastbound on Leigh Street.
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:
· 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 athttp://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:
o “Do you have a cigarette?”; or
o “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.
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.
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 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.