Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Early this morning at approximately 4:03 a.m. a series of robberies took place on the Monroe Park Campus. VCU Police issued a text alert after receiving the report. At 4:22 a.m. the suspect was located by Richmond Police on the 400 block of North Harrison street and taken into custody.
There is no ongoing risk or danger to the VCU and VCU Health communities.
The first incident took place on the 600 block of West Cary street. A student was approached by a suspect armed with a firearm who demanded property. The suspect fled with the property.
The second incident took place at Shafer and Franklin streets. Two students were approached by a suspect with a firearm who demanded property. One student was struck with the weapon and sustained minor injuries.
The third incident took place on the 900 block of Park avenue. Two students were again approached by a suspect armed with a firearm who demanded property. Both students were assaulted and sustained minor injuries.
The property taken by the suspect was recovered when the suspect was arrested. Richmond Police are handling the cases.
VCU Police, working in concert with Richmond Police, are committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
VCU Police will increase patrols and visibility on both campuses to ensure the safety of our community.
It is extremely important to always be aware of your surroundings. If you see suspicious activity contact VCU Police immediately at (804) 828-1234. Safety at VCU is everyone’s responsibility. Never hesitate to contact VCU Police. If you are a victim of a crime I encourage you to contact VCU Police immediately – do not wait.
Chief John Venuti, VCU Police Department
Assistant Vice President for Public Safety