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U.Va. Parents Double University Reward For Information Leading To The Arrest Of Robbery/Rape Suspect

August 28, 1999 -- An anonymous group of concerned University of Virginia parents today doubled a reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the rape of a University student on Thursday.

On Friday, the University issued an initial $5,000 reward for the apprehension of the suspect who also robbed the victim and another University student during the assault.

This morning, parents met with University officials to offer an additional $5,000.

President John T. Casteen III, in a welcoming address to several hundred in-coming first-year students and their parents, this afternoon announced the parents' initiative and praised their support. He said there is belief among law officials that such a reward could help lead to an early arrest of the assailant. "It also sends a message about the importance of maintaining the safety of student life here," Casteen said.

The University immediately put additional police patrols on Grounds, as well as in surrounding neighborhoods where large numbers of University students live. University Police are working closely with City of Charlottesville Police on the investigation.

Any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect should be called into CrimeStoppers at (804) 977-4000.

For more information contact Carol Wood at (804) 924-6189 or Louise Dudley at (804) 924-1400.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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