Notice of Arrest – Sexual Battery – Core Campus – MCV
9/30/2016 10:48 am
The VCU Police Department has made an arrest in two sexual battery incidents reported on Sept. 26, 2016, on VCU’s MCV Campus. On Monday, Sept. 26, at 3:50 p.m., VCUPD received two reports of sexual battery that occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m.
The first incident occurred in a first floor restroom of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, located at 1201 E. Marshall St. A woman reported that a man pushed her against the wall and attempted to unbutton her pants. She was able to push the man away and he left the restroom.
In the second incident, a woman was standing outside the Kontos Medical Sciences Building, located at 1217 E. Marshall St. A man hit her buttocks and fled north on Marshall Street.
VCU Police detectives have arrested Nyzia Baskerville, 23, of Henrico, in connection with these incidents. He is charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of abduction and one count of trespassing. Baskerville is not VCU-affiliated. He is being held without bond at the Richmond Justice Center. An arrest photo of Baskerville is below.
The incident prompted VCUPD to issue crime alerts on alert.vcu.edu and through mass e-mails to students, faculty and staff. Police shared photos from VCU’s security camera system on alert.vcu.edu and social media accounts. Richmond-area media outlets publicized case information and photos in their reporting.
The VCU Police Department thanks local media outlets for publicizing case information. A community member provided a tip to police that lead to the identification and apprehension of the suspect.
(Arrest photo: Nyzia Baskerville)
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