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On-campus emergency: 828-1234
Off-campus emergency: 911

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Notice of Crime – Carjacking – Off Campus MPC

10/20/2018 1:57 pm

Reported offense: On October 20, 2018 at 1306 hours, Richmond Police and VCU Police responded to 900 block of North Lombardy Street for a carjacking.  Richmond Police is leading the investigation. 

Brief description of how the crime took place: The victim reported that the suspect approached the passenger side of the vehicle and displayed a handgun demanding to be taken to an ATM.  The victim exited the vehicle and the suspect got in the driver seat and drove off. 

Suspect/s: White male, 5’6, strawberry blond hair, full facial hair, blue jeans, and dark hoodie. 

Investigating agency: 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 when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and 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.
  • Lock your car doors and close windows; 80% of stolen cars are unlocked
  • Never leave your car unattended and running, especially at a convenience store.
  • In the event of an incident such as this, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on their 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.
  • When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Call the police immediately.
  • 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, day and night. 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.
  • 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?”
  • Pepper spray, a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm could serve as a deterrent
  • Use the LiveSafe app and send a photo of the suspect, if you can do so safely
  • Use the nearest Emergency Reporting Telephone.  You will automatically be connected to VCU Police.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. use the RamSafe transportation service to avoid traveling alone. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
  • Familiarize yourself with RAMSWay paths: https://police.vcu.edu/stay-safe/ramsway/.  Travelers will more than likely encounter a VCU Police officer and/or and Emergency Reporting Telephone along the way.  These paths have security cameras, lighting and safety signage.
  • For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, visit: https://police.vcu.edu/safety/index.html

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 residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit http://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

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 security and fire safety report is available at https://police.vcu.edu/media/police/assets/documents/facts--reports/CampusSafetyReport.pdf.  VCU has designated what has been deemed as VCU’s “core campus geography.” Maps of the core campus geography for the Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus can be found at https://police.vcu.edu/about/jurisdictioncore-campus/. To review VCU’s full Timely Warning policy, visit https://policy.vcu.edu/sites/default/files/Timely%20Warning.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.