On May 3, 2018, at 1:46 a.m., Richmond Police and VCU Police received a report of a robbery as having occurred in the area of Lombardy Street and Grace Street.
Brief description of how the crime took place: The victims reported that at approximately 1:43 a.m., the suspect approached them and instructed them to give him everything they had. One of the three gave the suspect U.S. currency and he fled north away from campus on foot.
None of the victims were injured during this encounter, and there were no weapons displayed.
Suspect/s: The suspect is described as a black male, 6’0 in height, short haircut, some facial hair, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants.
Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation.
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 using the RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
• For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see: https://police.vcu.edu/safety/index.html and follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.
• 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?”
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 citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police immediately.
Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.