On February 3, 2017 at 6:40 PM, a commercial robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred at the Rite Aid located at 520 W. Broad Street.
Brief description of how the crime took place: Two suspects entered the store demanding drugs and jumped over the counter. The suspects took numerous items from behind the counter and fled from the store. One suspect was immediately apprehended, while the other fled on foot eastbound on W. Marshall Street. No weapons were displayed.
Suspect/s: Hispanic male with a beard, reddish hair and wearing a blue hoodie.
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. VCU 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 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 at http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
• For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see: www.police.vcu.eduand 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?”