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November 15, 2014

To the University Community:

On November 15, 2014, The University of Virginia Police Department received information from the Charlottesville Police Department about a sexual assault incident under investigation. The Charlottesville Police Department provided the following details about the incident.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE INFORMATION RELEASE
At approximately 0239 hours, Charlottesville Police were dispatched to 100 block of Chancellor St. for a report of a possible sex offense/disorder. Upon arrival, they made contact with a female victim who reported she had been sexually assaulted. The suspect had left the scene prior to police arrival but was identified by police. The suspect is an 18 year old male and is not believed to be a UVA student. The incident is still under investigation. At this time we do not believe the suspect poses a threat to the UVA or Charlottesville community.
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This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees.
The University of Virginia Police Department reminds all community members of the following information about sexual assault. Note that this information is general in nature and does not necessarily relate to any specific incident.
• It is estimated that nationwide one in every four to five college women will be the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
• Victims are never responsible for the offenders' behavior.
• The most common type of sexual assault is not by a stranger but by someone the victim knows, typically a date or acquaintance.
• Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between acquaintance rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to people pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs.
• Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
• Use and encourage others to have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi, or Safe Ride if available.
• Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved, or contact someone else to assist.
• If you engage in sexual activity, be sure you understand your partner's limits, and communicate your own limits clearly. Don't engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner.
• If you have imminent concerns for the safety of others, call the police to ask for assistance.
Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways. First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911. Second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department, a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html.

Survivors of sexual assault are encouraged to take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.
It's up to all of us to put an end to sexual violence. Become an informed and effective bystander in the prevention of sexual assault. If she/he doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. If you see something, intervene. Get involved! Find out how by visiting notonourgrounds.virginia.edu/hoosgotyourback.
Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other - and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

September 18, 2014

To the University community:

I write to inform of two incidents under investigation by the Charlottesville Police Department that have recently come to our attention.

The first incident involves a female U.Va. student who reported being sexually assaulted near Wertland Street in the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

The second incident is believed to have occurred in the 200 block of 15th Street NW during the early morning hours of Sept. 15, where police discovered an unconscious female who is a local resident. The circumstances regarding her injuries are unclear and are being investigated as a possible sexual assault.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways. First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911. Second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department, a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html.

A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything. Consider the suggestions and tips below, which are intended for survivors and as preventative recommendations:
• Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.
• Be careful when inviting someone into your home, or going to someone else's home.
• Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.
• If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.
• If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.
• Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.
• Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.
• Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.
Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

It's up to all of us to put an end to sexual violence. Become an informed and effective bystander in the prevention of sexual assault. If she/he doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. If you see something, intervene. Get involved! Find out how by visiting notonourgrounds.virginia.edu/hoosgotyourback.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other - and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael Gibson
Chief, University Police

President Sullivan approved distribution of this message.

September 14, 2014

To the University Community:

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a missing person incident involving a University of Virginia student, Hannah Elizabeth Graham. Hannah is a white female and 18 years old. She is approximately 5'11" tall with a skinny build. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and has freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs. The last contact she had with friends was via text message at 1:20 a.m. on September 13, 2014.
A photo of Hannah is available here: http://www.virginia.edu/graham

Anyone with information regarding Hannah is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

Michael Gibson
Chief, University Police


President Sullivan approved distribution of this message.

September 14, 2014

A student has reported a sexual assault to the Charlottesville Police Department. The incident is reported to have happened in the early morning hours on Friday, September 13, 2014.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways: First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911; second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html.

A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything. Consider the suggestions and tips below, which are intended for survivors and as preventative recommendations:

• Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.
• Be careful when inviting someone into your home, or going to someone else's home.
• Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.
• If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.
• If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.
• Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.
• Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.
• Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

It's up to all of us to put an end to sexual violence. Become an informed and effective bystander in the prevention of sexual assault. If she/he doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. If you see something, intervene. Get involved! Find out how by visiting the following website http://notonourgrounds.virginia.edu/hoosgotyourback.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael Gibson, Chief, University Police

President Sullivan approved distribution of this message.

May 19, 2014

To the University community:

A student has reported a sexual assault to the Charlottesville Police Department. The incident is reported to have happened in the early morning hours of Monday, May 19.

While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things that you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted. Please take a moment to review these key safety reminders:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Awareness of where you are and who is around you may help you out of a bad situation.
  • Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking alone, especially at night. Keep your attention focused on your surroundings.
  • If you are on Grounds and need help, pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
  • Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night when possible.
  • Use the University Transit Service, SafeRide and other resources.
  • When walking, scan the area around you for potential dangers.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, remember that it's not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.
Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other. Know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police

May 13, 2014

To the University Community:

At 11:30 p.m. on May 12, 2014, the University of Virginia Police Department responded to a report of a attempted abduction that occurred near Massie Road and Farrish Circle.  An eleven year old victim reported that she was grabbed from behind as she was attempting to enter her residence at approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 12, 2014.  The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction after grabbing her and holding her against a wall.  At the time of the incident the suspect may have been wearing a black shirt or jacket.  No further description is available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the University Police at 434-924-7166 or police@virginia.edu or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

The tips noted below will help families keep children safer.

Instruct your children to always take a friend when going places and stay with a group while attending school outings and/or standing at a bus stop.

Help your children to become familiar with your neighborhood by pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they are being followed or need help.

Always supervise your children or make sure there is another trusted adult present to supervise them if you cannot.

Teach your children to always the appropriate steps if approached or followed.  If anyone tries to grab your children, tell them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell "This person is trying to take me," or "This person is not my father/mother."  Instruct your child to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.

Tell your children if they are ever followed by someone to get away from that person as quickly as possible.  They should go in the opposite direction than the one in which the person is traveling and quickly try to get to a spot where a trusted adult can help them.

Advise your children to tell you or another trusted adult what happened.

Talk openly with your children about safety and encourage them to tell you or another trusted adult if anyone or anything makes them feel sad, scared or confused.  Teach them it is OK to tell you what happened.

Call 911 immediately to report suspicious or criminal behavior to police.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

January 2, 2014

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating a report of a sexual assault that occurred in the 1200 block of Jefferson Park Avenue on Jan. 1 at approximately 8:51 p.m. The victim, a Charlottesville resident, described the suspect as a light-skinned black male with a mustache.

While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things that you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted. Please take a moment to review these key safety reminders:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Awareness of where you are and who is around you may help you out of a bad situation.
  • Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking alone, especially at night. Keep your attention focused on your surroundings.
  • If you are on Grounds and need help, pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
  • Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night when possible.
  • Use the University Transit Service, SafeRide and other resources.
  • When walking, scan the area around you for potential dangers.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, remember that it's not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.
Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police

November 16, 2013

To the University community:

Information about two separate robbery incidents involving University students was issued Saturday by the Charlottesville Police Department. City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

The University Police Department believes that the Charlottesville-Albemarle-University area is a safe community, but crime does happen. We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, especially if walking alone after dark.

We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with a similar situation.

Remain alert and observe people around you. Pay attention to who is walking behind you and in front of you. Things to watch for are suspicious persons or vehicles, people loitering around.

Trust your instincts. If you sense trouble, get away as soon as possible.

During a robbery: DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate. Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.

Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.

Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.

If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.

Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.

Notify police immediately by calling 911. Do not touch anything the robber has touched.

Try and recall as much as you can about the robber. Write down everything you can think of while it's still fresh in your mind.

If there are any witnesses, ask them to remain until police arrive.

Please remember that there is safety in numbers. If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female, especially after dark and in the early morning hours. Perpetrators are less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police


CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Prepared by Lt. Ronnie Roberts

Approximately 2:45 AM this morning in the 400 block of 15th St., N. W. officers investigated a reported robbery of a 26 yr old UVA student. The student was walking north on 15th St. when confronted by an African American male demanding the purse, not complying, the suspect physically took the purse and content. The suspect then fled to the awaiting light colored car that was last seen traveling in a northerly direction. No further description of the vehicle and the suspect is described as being approximately 6 foot tall. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the incident.

Approximately 3:12 AM this morning in the 200 block of 14th St., N. W. officers investigated a reported strong arm robbery of a 19 yr old UVA student. The student was assaulted and robbed of a wallet and other personal items. The victim was treated and released from the UVA Medical Center. The suspects were described as 3 African American males ranging in height of 5'8 to 6'0 ft.

Both cases have similarities. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.


Michael A. Gibson approved distribution of this message.

October 7, 2013

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating a non-stranger sexual assault reported by a University student. She reports she was sexually assaulted on Oct. 6 at approximately 1 a.m.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways: First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911; second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html.

A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything. Consider the suggestions and tips below, which are intended for survivors and as preventative recommendations:

  • Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.
  • Be careful when inviting someone into your home, or going to someone else's home.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.
  • If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.
  • If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.
  • Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.
  • Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.
  • Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

September 26, 2013

To the University community:

Information about a non-stranger sexual assault involving a University student was issued on Sept. 26 by the Charlottesville Police Department.

The victim reports she was sexually assaulted on Sept. 22 at approximately 2 a.m.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways: First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911; second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html

A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything. Consider the suggestions and tips below, which are intended for survivors and as preventative recommendations:

Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.

Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.

If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.

If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.

Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.

Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.

Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Prepared by: Lt. Ronnie Roberts

The Charlottesville Police Department is currently investigating a reported sexual assault involving a student. The incident occurred on Sept 21st involving a non-stranger. This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community. No further details will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

September 6, 2013

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault of a student, involving a non-stranger, on Sept. 6 at around 2 a.m.

The victim reports that she was sexually assaulted by a white male approximately 5-9 and 125 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways: First, they can report directly to the police by calling 911; second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department a report can be requested. Survivors can also report anonymously at www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html.

A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything. Consider the suggestions and tips below, which are intended for survivors and as preventative recommendations:

  • Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.
  • If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.
  • If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.
  • Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.
  • Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.
  • Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.

Survivors of sexual assault should take advantage of the resources available, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

August 22, 2013

To the University community:

Information about a robbery incident involving a Charlottesville resident was issued Thursday by the Charlottesville Police Department. City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

During a robbery, remain calm. Don't argue or fight with the assailant. Quickly give the robber what he is demanding. Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety. Be observant of the robber. Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down. Compare the robber to yourself. Is he taller, heavier, older, were there tattoos or scars, etc.? If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene. Is there a vehicle involved? If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?

After a robbery, call 911 immediately. If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant. Tell the 911 dispatcher what happened and where you are, and give a description of the assailant and whether anyone was injured or if weapons were involved.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Prepared by: Lt. Ronnie Roberts

At approx. 2:30 pm today, officers responded to the 1300 block of Wertland St. for a reported Home Invasion and Robbery.

The suspects were described as two African American males, in their late teens or early 20s. One was approx. 5'6" and the second subject was approx. 5'9". One was wearing or carrying an orange shirt and the second suspect was wearing a dark colored short. Both suspects were last seen running in an easterly direction after the incident. Detectives and staff are still on the scene working this ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.

August 15, 2013

To the University community:
Information about a robbery incident involving a Charlottesville resident was issued Thursday by the Charlottesville Police Department. City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

The University Police Department believes the Charlottesville-Albemarle-University area is a safe community, but crime does happen. We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, especially if walking alone after dark.

  1. We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with a similar situation:
    Avoid using the same route each day.
  2. Walk purposefully and maintain a steady brisk pace.
    Please remember that there is safety in numbers. If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female, especially after dark and in the early morning hours. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.
  3. DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate. Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.
  4. Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.
  5. Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
  6. If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
  7. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
  8. Notify police immediately by calling 911.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE PRESS RELEASE
Prepared by: Lt. Ronnie Roberts
This morning at approx. 2 am, a 21 year old male was walking in the area of Sadler St. in the 300 block of 15th St. N.W. The victim was approached from behind and forced onto the ground and robbed of an undisclosed amount of currency and personal items. Accounts of the incident indicate a firearm was used. The victim was not injured during the incident.
The suspects were described as 2 African American males in their 20's approx. 6 ft tall. Both were seen fleeing the scene running towards Wertland Street. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

July 23, 2013

To the University community:

Information about a robbery incident at a local convenience store was issued by the Charlottesville Police Department. City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.
The University Police Department believes that the Charlottesville-Albemarle-University area is a safe community, but crime does happen. We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, especially if walking alone after dark.

  1. We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with a similar situation.
    DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate. Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.
  2. Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.
  3. Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
  4. If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
  5. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
  6. Notify police immediately by calling 911.
  7. Avoid using the same route each day.
  8. Walk purposefully and maintain a steady brisk pace.
    Please remember that there is safety in numbers. If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female, especially after dark and in the early morning hours. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE PRESS RELEASE: Robbery
DATE: July 23, 2013
BY: Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville Police Department

Monday evening, July 22nd at approximately 11:20 PM, officers responded to 100 block of 14th St. N. W. for a reported robbery of a retail business.

Our investigation revealed the store clerk was approached by an African American male who pointed a firearm and robbed the business of an undisclosed about of currency. The store clerk was not injured.

The suspect was described as wearing dark clothing and mask. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

June 28, 2013

To the University community:
Information about a forcible fondling incident on a University student was issued Friday by the Charlottesville Police Department. I urge all of you to be aware of your surroundings, to trust your instincts and to call 911 immediately if you feel you may be in a dangerous situation.
City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of University Police


PRESS RELEASE: Forcible Fondling
DATE: June 28, 2013
BY: Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville Police Department

This morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Madison Avenue, a 24-year-old U.Va. female student was walking home and stopped briefly to get her keys from her purse. It was at this point she was grabbed from behind and fondled. The suspect then fled on foot, running towards Preston Avenue.

The suspect is described as an African American male, approx. 5'8" to 5'10" and 140 to 150 lbs. wearing black pants, black shirt and a black baseball cap. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to please call Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.

June 14, 2013

To the University community:

Information about an attempted abduction incident of two Charlottesville residents was issued Friday by the Charlottesville Police Department. I urge all of you to be aware of your surroundings, to trust your instincts and to call 911 immediately if you feel you may be in a dangerous situation.
City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
Charlottesville Police Press Release:
PRESS RELEASE: Attempted Abduction
DATE: June 14, 2013
BY: Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville Police Department

On Friday, June 14 at approximately 1 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Cabell Ave. for a reported attempted abduction. The two females reported they were walking along Madison Ave when they noticed two males following. The two subjects were described as being of average height and weight. One of the victims described the male subjects as possibly African American. However, the second victim could not be sure of their race. Both were wearing navy blue tank tops shirts with the words "Love Me" printed in yellow or white on the chest of the shirt.
The females noticed the males were in conversation as they followed. As the females approached their apartment complex they both noticed the males continuing to follow into the apartment complex. The females arrived at the apartment, while one was attempting to open the door the second waited. It was at this point when one of the males grabbed the waiting female from behind. She fought back by using her elbow to strike the suspect in the stomach and began screaming while the other female turned to see the second male moving towards her. Both women then began to scream and the two suspects fled on foot towards Madison Ave.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers 434-977-4000.

May 30, 2013

To the University community:

Information about a robbery incident involving a Charlottesville resident was issued Thursday by the Charlottesville Police Department. City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

The University Police Department believes that the Charlottesville-Albemarle-University area is a safe community, but crime does happen. We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, especially if walking alone after dark.

We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with a similar situation.

  1. During a robbery:
    DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate. Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.
  2. Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.
  3. Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
  4. If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
  5. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
  6. Notify police immediately by calling 911.

Please remember that there is safety in numbers. If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female, especially after dark and in the early morning hours. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of University Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE PRESS RELEASE
On May 30 at approx. 3 a.m. in the 400 block of 14th St. N.W. a 21-year-old female was approached by an African-American male described as approx. 5'9", wearing a plaid shirt and light colored pants. The subject grabbed the victim and stole her purse with content. The suspect was last seen running south on 14th St. N.W. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.

May 23, 2013

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department has responded to a breaking-and-entering incident at Farrish Circle. Residents reported that an unknown person or persons entered the residence between 5 p.m. on May 22 and 8 a.m. on May 23. An undisclosed amount of cash and a dark blue Mazda four-door hatchback, bearing the Virginia license plate number XEX2008, were stolen.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact University police at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the UPD Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html

University police issue these key reminders:

The burglary basics:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check locks on doors and windows and replace them if they aren't working properly.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

If your home is broken into:

  • If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door, do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a cell phone or a neighbor's phone to call police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9¬1¬1 immediately.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

May 17, 2013

To the University community:
Information about a forcible fondling incident on a University student was issued Friday by the Charlottesville Police Department. I urge all of you to be aware of your surroundings, to trust your instincts and to call 911 immediately if you feel you may be in a dangerous situation.
City police issued the press release provided below, regarding this incident.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police

PRESS RELEASE: Forcible Fondling
DATE: May 17, 2013
BY: Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville Police Department

Shortly after 1 a.m. this morning a female U.Va. student was walking north in the 300 block of 15th Street NW when she was approached from behind and fondled. The suspect fled as the victim screamed. The suspect ran in a southerly direction on 15th Street NW.

The suspect is described as a black male being 6 feet in height, heavy build, with dark clothing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers 434-977-4000.

May 5, 2013

To the University community:

On May 5, 2013, University of Virginia officials received an anonymous report that a Charlottesville resident was walking to her home on May 3 at approximately 2:30 am in the area of Valley Road and Brandon Avenue when she was dragged by at least two unidentified males to an isolated area and sexually assaulted.

Survivors of sexual assault may report an assault to the police in one of two ways: First, they can report directly to the police by either calling 911; second, if medical attention is sought through the U.Va. Emergency Department a report can be requested. Survivors may also report anonymously at http://www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/sexualassault/reportingoptions/anonymous.html

Anyone with information about the assault should contact the Charlottesville Police Department or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the UPD Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html

While becoming a victim is never the fault of a victim, the National Crime Prevention Council has established the following list of practices that may help safeguard individuals from becoming victims of crime:

  • Stand tall and walk with confidence.
  • Watch where you are going and what is going on around you.
  • Walk along well lit and busy streets.
  • Walk with friends and avoid shortcuts, dark alleys, deserted streets and wooded areas.
  • Identify reliable safety monitors who can alert police in the event something suspicious or criminal occurs.
  • Everyone should know their limits with alcohol.

Everyone, both women and men, should know what can be done if someone you know has been sexually assaulted. A sexual assault is a traumatic experience and no one should feel forced to do anything; however, below is a list of options that one may utilize if they so choose:

  • Calling someone you trust -- no matter how late it is, as you may not wish to be alone. Consider calling a close friend or a Residence staff member.
  • Go to a safe place. Consider going to your room, a friend's room, or anywhere you will feel safe. If you are in a public area far from home, go to an open business and ask the manager for help.
  • Seek medical treatment IMMEDIATELY. You do not have to report to the police to receive medical care or have evidence collected. Don't bathe or douche, change clothes, eat, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom or brush your hair, as you might destroy useful evidence. Go immediately to the U.Va. Emergency Department. Seeking medical attention is vital, as you may have injuries you are unaware of. A forensic nurse examiner can perform a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK), if the assault occurred within 72 hours. If you are unsure about reporting the assault to police, it makes sense to allow medical professionals to collect evidence to preserve the option of later making a police report. A SARA advocate can be available to assist you through this process.
  • Reporting the incident to police is also an option; whether or not you plan to pursue criminal charges. Reporting the assault does not commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later in collaboration with the Commonwealth's Attorney.
  • Do NOT blame yourself. IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT! Your behavior DID NOT cause the assault.
  • Consider getting help and support, such as counseling. A sexual assault is an extremely traumatic incident; it is often easier to get some help in dealing with the situation rather than handling it on your own.

Take advantage of the resources available for victims of sexual assault, or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Misconduct Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites:
www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Remember that as you make plans for an evening out with friends, safety should be a key part of those plans. Make sure everyone knows how getting to and from an event will occur. Which routes will be taken? How one will reconnect to all members of the group before leaving. What method will be employed for checking on everyone's well-being in the group? And in case of an emergency, where will you go and who will you call?

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other, and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of University of Virginia Police

February 25, 2013

To members of the University community:

A University of Virginia student has reported to the University Police Department that she was the victim of an indecent exposure that occurred in Clemons Library. The victim reported that at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 24, she was studying in Clemons Library when she encountered a black male in his early to mid-20s, wearing white gym shorts and a red T-shirt. The suspect sat at a table near her and started to talk with her. The victim made the decision to excuse herself and while gathering her belongings the suspect exposed himself to her.
Anyone having information related to this incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html, or by email to police@virginia.edu.
University of Virginia Police would like to remind students that while the Charlottesville area is considered to be safe, bad things can and do happen. Below are a few key safety reminders that should be a part of your routine as you travel on Grounds and in the surrounding community.

• Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. You can remain anonymous.
• If you are on Grounds and need help, activate one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
• Please get involved. If you see a fellow student in need of help, offer it.
• If you find yourself in a dire situation, protect yourself and get to a safe area and notify police as soon as possible.
• No situation is too small for the police to be involved. We would rather be involved when we don't need to be than to not be involved when we should have been.


Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message

February 21, 2013

INFORMATION FOR RELEASE


The University of Virginia Police Department is seeking assistance from the public with information that might help police identify who was responsible for the incident where a University of Virginia Student was abducted and assaulted on February 17, 2013 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

The victim met with police investigators and was able to provide additional information related to the suspect and the vehicle that he was driving. She stated that after she got into a vehicle near 513 Rugby Road that she initially believed was a taxi cab, the vehicle continued past her Alderman Road residence to an area near Kellogg House. She described the suspect as a middle aged male of Indian descent. She stated that he was tall and chubby with short black hair. He spoke in broken English.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark in color, four door sedan. The survivor does not believe that the vehicle had any markings or decals to indicate that it was a taxi.

If you have information related to this incident, please contact the University of Virginia Police Department by phone at 434-924-7166 by email at police@virginia.edu, or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

February 18, 2013

To members of the University community:

A University of Virginia student has reported to University officials that she was abducted and assaulted on Feb. 17, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Using the JustReportIt system, the student reported that she was near 513 Rugby Road trying to hail a cab when a car pulled over and she got in. The car drove away and began driving her toward her Alderman Road residence. Instead of pulling over, the car continued in the direction of Observatory Hill and pulled to the side of the road near Kellogg House. The driver locked the doors and attempted to assault her. The student was able to kick the suspect and flee from the vehicle.
Anyone having information related to this incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html, or by email to police@virginia.edu.
University of Virginia Police would like to remind students that while the Charlottesville area is considered to be safe, bad things can and do happen. Below are a few key safety reminders that should be a part of your routine as you travel on Grounds and in the surrounding community.

• Please do not walk alone after dark. If you have no choice, call a friend before venturing out to let her or him know what route you are taking.
• Please do not get into a car unless you know the driver.
• Please do not get into a taxi unless you are sure it is a registered taxi with a meter.
• Please get involved. If you see a fellow student in need of help, offer it. Do not leave an incapacitated student alone, whether or not you know her or him. If you cannot offer immediate assistance, call 911.
• Please rely on University Police if you are in distress or believe you are in danger. If you have been drinking, are not able to travel on your own, and/or feel vulnerable or threatened, call 911 immediately. Never hesitate to contact University Police. We are trained to help students and we would prefer that you call us, even if the situation turns out not to be dire.

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

January 22, 2013

To members of the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department responded to a forcible fondling of a U.Va. student shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

The victim was walking near Wilson Hall when an unidentified male approached her from behind, putting an arm around her neck and fondling her breast and genitalia with the other hand. The suspect then fled on foot toward Varsity Hall.

At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing black gloves. No other description is available at this time.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280.

  • Police urge members of the community to remain alert and aware of potential dangers.
    Report criminal or suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.
  • Avoid walking alone, if possible.
  • Use the University Transit Service, SafeRide and other resources.
  • When walking, scan the area around you for potential dangers. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.

You may also contact the University Police to schedule a personal safety seminar. Officers will be available during these seminars to meet with members of the community to discuss personal safety. The seminars generally last one to three hours.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) program is also offered by the University Police and other groups within the Charlottesville community. Participants will learn about risk awareness and risk reduction strategies that help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime as well as the basics of self-defense.

Students, faculty and staff interested in a safety seminar or self- defense class should contact the University Police Department at 434-924-7166 or police@virginia.edu.

Michael Gibson, chief, University Police

November 17, 2012

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred near Brooks Hall on Nov. 15, at approximately 10:15 p.m. This crime appears to have been motivated by bias based on slurs spoken by the suspect to the victim regarding the victim's sexual orientation just moments before the assault.

The suspect, who was walking with a group of people, struck the victim in the face and then continued on foot towards the Corner. The victim was treated for injuries at Elson Student Health.

The suspect is described as a white male with light, dirty blond hair and facial hair, possibly a goatee. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 160 lbs. At the time of the incident he was wearing a t-shirt with a UVA logo and possibly a hoodie.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html, or by email to police@virginia.edu.

Hate crimes are illegal, unacceptable, and hurt everyone in a community. Follow these Sexual-Orientation Hate Crime Prevention tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

Report hate crimes immediately to the police by calling 911 or by using one of the reporting methods listed at this link, http://www.virginia.edu/justreportit/

Don't leave an establishment with a stranger. Arrange a future date in a public place with friends.

Never agree to meet someone, in-person, you just met online.

Avoid using alcohol or drugs that can impair your judgment.

Trust your instincts. Remove yourself from unsafe situations.

Avoid walking alone and late at night.

Be aware of your surroundings when leaving a bar, meeting, or organization routinely targeted by hate groups.


Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

November 16, 2012

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault incident that occurred on Nov. 15 at 9:20 p.m. near Thornton Hall. The victim, a Charlottesville resident, was walking north on Engineers Way next to Thornton Hall when he was approached from behind by the suspect, who punched him. The suspect then fled south on Engineers Way on foot toward the stadium. The victim was transported to the University of Virginia Health System where he was being treated for injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male, with curly brown hair. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs between 200 and 220 lbs. At the time of the incident he was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.

Robbery Investigated by Charlottesville Police

At about 3:43 a.m. Friday a 22-year-old male student reports he was walking in the 100 block of North Emmet Street. The victim reports he was robbed of several personal items. There was no suspect information available and alcohol was a factor in this case.

Anyone having information about either incident should call the University Police at 924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html or by email to police@virginia.edu.

While becoming a victim of crime is never the fault of the victim, the National Crime Prevention Council has established the following list of practices that may help safeguard individuals from becoming victims of crime:
• Stand tall and walk with confidence. Watch where you are going and what is going on around you.
• Walk along well-lit and busy streets. Walk with friends. Avoid shortcuts, dark alleys, deserted streets and wooded areas.
• When you are out late at night, have a friend accompany you. Avoid going out alone. Also, let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
• Call 911 immediately to report suspicious or criminal activity. The information that you provide and the timeliness of the information you provide to police will help them identify the suspect(s).
• Be aware that alcohol and other drugs inhibit your ability to be fully aware of your surroundings. Look out for friends who have consumed alcohol.
• Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or take a late-night weekend bus.
• 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.
• If you are on Grounds and need help, just pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
• Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. The police want to emphasize you are not "bothering" them if you call. They definitely want you to call if you see something suspicious.

During a robbery:

• DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate! Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. 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. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
• If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
• Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
• Notify police immediately by calling 911.

For additional safety tips from University Police, please visit http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice

September 28, 2012

A University of Virginia student reported to University Police that she was sexually assaulted as she walked near Monroe Hall on Sept. 28, 2012, at approximately 12:05 a.m.  She reported that the assailant confronted her as she walked between Monroe Hall and Brown College. He forced her against the wall and assaulted her. As she pushed him away, he fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 25 years of age, approximately 6'2" tall, slender build, brown hair and blue eyes.  At the time of the incident he was wearing a light-colored, short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

If you were in the area Monroe Hall and Brown College before, during or after the incident and believe you observed something or someone related to this incident, the police want to hear from you.

Perhaps you observed a male matching the description hanging out in the area or what you believed to be a consenting couple. The information you provide, no matter how insignificant you feel it might be, could be the information we need to solve this case.

You can remain anonymous. Anyone with information should contact the University of Virginia Police Department at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the UPD Silent Watch Program at, http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted make sure you are safe from further harm. Do NOT blame yourself.  Your behavior DID NOT cause the assault. Call someone you trust, such as a friend, your RA, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and/or the Police.

The decision to report an assault is a personal choice that only the survivor can make. You should know that you can still formally report the incident to police without a requirement to prosecute the assailant.

Do not bath or douche. Try not to urinate, if possible. If oral contact took place, do not smoke, eat, or brush your teeth. Go immediately to the UVA Emergency Department. Seeking medical attention is vital, as you may also have injuries that you are unaware of. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), can perform a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK), if the assault occurred within 72 hours of seeking medical treatment.

Get help and support, such as counseling. A sexual assault is an extremely traumatic incident, and you will need help dealing with the situation.

Please take advantage of the resources available for victims of sexual assault  -- or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Assault Board.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence, www.virginia.edu/uvapolice or http://www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/.

Michael A. Gibson
University Chief of Police

Michael A. Gibson, University Chief of Police approved distribution of this message.

September 23, 2012

The Charlottesville Police Department is currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred at 1:45 this morning in a residence in the 1200 block of Wertland Street. The 17-year-old victim, a University student, reported she was sexually assaulted after being forced into the bathroom of the apartment where she was attending a party. The suspect, described as a black male, has not been identified.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

The University of Virginia Police Department urges students to utilize some safety precautions as you plan and attend late-night events: limit attendance to friends and guests of friends, and identify reliable safety monitors who can alert police in the event something suspicious or criminal occurs.

Be aware that a seemingly nice, regular individual can turn into a rapist.
There are some men who are more likely to be sexually aggressive than others. Characteristics can include someone who:

* Does not listen to you, talks over you or pretends not to hear you.
* Ignores your personal space boundaries.
* Does what he wants, regardless of what you want.
* Expresses excessive anger or aggression towards women in general.
* Acts excessively jealous or possessive.
* Drinks heavily.

Many perpetrators do not pre-meditate their indecent acts. They actually believe that the victim will enjoy it and won't say no.  Anger, embarrassment, resentment, and selfishness take over and the perpetrator arrives at "the point of no return." A woman cannot always prevent a rape.
However, there are some things that can be done to help reduce the chances of being raped:

  • Be forceful and firm. Do not worry about being polite!
  • Trust your gut-level feelings. If you believe that you are being pressured, then you probably are. Leave the situation immediately; call out for help.
  • If you observe suspicious or criminal activity, report it immediately to police by calling 911.

Young women need to be on the alert at all times and look out for each other. University men also have the responsibility, as members of our community of trust, to look out for the well-being of University women.
When you see a young woman in a difficult or dangerous situation, you should not hesitate to seek help.

Everyone, both women and men, should know what to do if you know someone who has been sexually assaulted:

  • Call someone you trust -- no matter how late it is. You should not be alone. Consider calling a close friend or a an RA staff member.
  • Go to a safe place. Consider going to your room, a friend¹s room, or anywhere you will feel safe.
  • Seek medical treatment IMMEDIATELY.  Don¹t wash up, change clothes, eat, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom or brush your hair, as you might destroy useful evidence. If you are unsure about reporting the assault to police, it makes sense to allow medical professionals to collect evidence to preserve the option of later making a police report.
  • Report the incident to police, whether or not you plan to press charges.
    Reporting the assault does not commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later in collaboration with the Commonwealth's Attorney.
  • Do NOT blame yourself.  Even if you believe you were naive, not cautious enough, or even foolish, it is NOT your fault.  Your behavior DID NOT cause the assault.
  • Get help and support, such as counseling.  A sexual assault is an extremely traumatic incident,  and you will need help dealing with the situation.
  • Take advantage of the resources available for victims of sexual assault
    -- or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Assault Board. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at
    434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites:
    www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or
    www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Remember that as you make plans for an evening out with friends, safety should be a key part of those plans. Make sure everyone knows how you will you get to and from an event?  Which routes will you take? How you will reconnect all of the members of your group before leaving? What method will you employ for checking on each other's well-being? And in case of an emergency, where will you go and who will you call?

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other -- and know that you should never hesitate to call 911.

Michael A. Gibson
University of Virginia Chief of Police

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September 18, 2012

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, a University of Virginia student reported that he was robbed on Saturday, Sept. 15, at approximately 11:45 p.m. near 173 Culbreth Road. The victim reported that he was walking on Culbreth toward his residence when he was somehow rendered unconscious. Friends later found him lying on the grass outside his residence, bruised and disoriented. The victim believes that some cash also had been stolen. The victim was unable to provide any description of the suspect(s).

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

While Charlottesville remains a relatively safe environment, crimes do 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:

We encourage members of the public to promptly report any criminal and suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.

Police urge members of the community to remain alert and aware of potential dangers.  As you walk, take notice of your surroundings. Are there people around? What are they doing and wearing? Are there any physical characteristics that might help identify them? What is their direction of travel?

Avoid cell phone conversations, listening to music or engaging in other activities that distract your attention from your surroundings.

In the event of an incident, the information you provide and the timeliness of the information you provide to police will help them identify the suspect(s).

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

September 9, 2012

At approximately 1 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2012, University of Virginia Police were called to investigate an assault involving a handgun at 161 Rugby Road.  The male victim, a U.Va. student, reported that an unidentified male attempted to gain entry to an event at 161 Rugby.  After being denied entry, the suspect struck the victim in the face and left the area.  A short time later, he returned with three other suspects and they began to shout at the victim. 

Friends of the victim, who suffered minor injuries, assisted him into the residence. He did not seek medical attention.

A witness observed that the second suspect had a silver handgun in his possession.  The four suspects fled the area on foot towards University Avenue. 

The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black male wearing a white tank top and possibly going by the name of Damien.  The second suspect, wearing dark pants and a light-colored shirt, is described as a thin, bald black male between 20 and 25.  The third suspect, in dark pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt, is described as a black male with medium build. The fourth suspect is described as a black male.

If you have information related to this incident contact Crimestoppers at (434)977-4000 or the University of Virginia Police at (434)924-7166.

Please take a moment to review these key safety reminders:

  • Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. The police want to emphasize you are not "bothering" them if you call. They definitely want you to call if you see something suspicious.
  • If you are on the Grounds and need help, pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking alone, especially at night. Keep your attention focused on your surroundings. 
  • Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night. Use SafeRide, call (434)242-1122); walk with friends; or take a late-night weekend bus.
  • If you see any of the following, immediately call the police at 911: a prowler; someone peeping into a residence; an individual watching, photographing or filming an area; or any other suspicious behavior.
  • Work with your neighbors and fellow community members to ensure a safe environment.
  • For additional safety tips from University Police, please Click Here

Michael A. Gibson

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June 8, 2012

To the University community:

At approximately 7:54 this morning, emergency service providers were notified of a deceased individual found on Observatory Hill. The preliminary investigation showed that the death might not have been from natural causes. Though the investigation is continuing, there is, at this time, no apparent threat to our community.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call 924-7166.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police, University of Virginia

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

April 29, 2012

To the University community:

University of Virginia Police are investigating an assault and breaking-and-entering incident that occurred near Bonnycastle Drive at approximately 1 a.m. on April 29, 2012.

Two University students reported that an unidentified white male confronted them as they were walking west on McCormick Road. The suspect pushed one of the students and continued to follow them to their residence. The suspect, unable to enter through the locked residence door, gained entry through an occupied first-floor residence by breaking a window. The two victims in that room alerted residence staff who assisted in removing the suspect and notifying University Police. The suspect fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. None of the four victims were injured

The suspect is described as a white male between the 19 and 23, 5'9" to 5'11" tall and 150 to 160 pounds. He had short, dark brown hair and a "pudgy" face.  He was wearing a dark blue or black long-sleeve crewneck shirt and blue jeans.  Police believe that he might have an injury to one or both of his hands. The victims described the suspect as intoxicated and hostile.

 
If you have information related to this incident contact the University of Virginia Police Department at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

A few key reminders that will help you to protect yourself and your friends:

  • Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. You can remain anonymous.
  • Report criminal or suspicious activity immediately to police by calling 911.
  • When walking, be aware of your surroundings and scan the area around you for potential dangers. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.
  • Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention. Observe who is around you as well as their behavior or actions.
  • If you are on the Grounds and need help, activate one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
  • Always try to walk in pairs. If you must walk alone, avoid isolated areas. Use SafeRide 434-242-1122, walk with friends, or take a late-night weekend bus.

I would like to reiterate that you should never hesitate to call University Police if you suspect you may be in danger.

 
Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police

April 15, 2012

To all members of the University community:

The Charlottesville Police are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of April 15th in the 500 block of 14th Street, NW. A group of black males displaying a firearm entered the residence, and took property belonging to the individuals who live at the residence. The suspects fled on foot toward the Corner commercial district.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. 

Charlottesville remains a relatively safe environment; however, crimes do occur in our community. And as the weather becomes warmer, members of our student community often leave doors and windows open and unlocked. The best defense is to be prepared and take responsibility for your own safety. 

Please take a moment to review these key safety reminders:

Remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

Keep doors and windows locked.

If you observe an individual or occupied vehicle lingering or acting in other ways that make you suspicious or uncomfortable, call 911 to alert police.

If you are involved in a robbery, remain calm. Don't argue or fight with the assailant. Quickly give the robber what he/she is demanding. 

Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety.

Be observant to the robber. Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down. Compare the robber to yourself. Is he/she taller, heavier, older, were there tattoos or scars? If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene. Is there a vehicle involved? If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?

Finally -- and perhaps most important -- after any incident, please call 911 immediately. If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant. Tell the dispatcher what happened and where you are, give a description of the assailant and let the dispatcher know if anyone was injured or if weapons were involved.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police, University of Virginia

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

October 25, 2011

To the University Community:

The University Police Department has recently been notified that Charlottesville Police are investigating two incidents in which an unidentified male or males have entered two separate residences on 17th Street NW.
 
The first incident occurred on Oct. 15, 2011, at approximately 4:30 a.m. The victim reported awakening to discover an unidentified male leaning over him. The victim struck the suspect in the face, and the suspect fled the residence on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds.
 
The second incident occurred on Oct. 22, 2011, at approximately 3:40 a.m. The victim reported awakening to find an unidentified male in her bedroom. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.
 
If you have information related to either of these incidents, contact the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.
     
We want to remind you of some things that you can do to help protect yourself.
 
•     Keep doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
 
•     Keep shades or curtains drawn after dark.
 
•     "Case" your residence the way an intruder would and look for ways to enter your residence.
 
•     Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
 
•     Trim trees and shrubs near windows and doors so intruders can't hide in the shadows.
 
•     Keep a phone with a lighted key pad by your bed so you can call 911 if necessary.
 
•     Look out for your neighbors. Report suspicious people and activity immediately by calling 911.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
 

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

September 28, 2011

Charlottesville Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred near the 500 block of Rugby Road at approximately 2:24 a.m. this morning, Sept. 28, 2011. The male victim, a University student, reported that he was walking north on Rugby Road near Grady Avenue behind three black males. As they approached the intersection of Grady Avenue, two of the men turned and walked toward the victim. One pulled out a hand gun, pointed it at the victim and demanded his property.  Taken in the robbery was an undisclosed amount of cash and  personal items.
 
The suspect with the hand gun was described as being between 20 and 25 years old and 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-3 and 180 to 190 pounds. He had a light complexion and was wearing dark clothing. The second suspect was described as being between 20 to 25 years old, approximately 6-feet tall, and 170 to 180 pounds. He had a darker complexion and was also wearing dark clothing.
 
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.
 
We believe that the Charlottesville-Albemarle-University area is a safe community, but crime does happen. We encourage you to be aware of your surroundings -- especially if walking alone after dark.

We want to remind you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself and your friends if faced with a similar situation.

During a robbery:

1.    DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate. Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions
2.    Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.
3.    Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
4.    If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
5.    Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
6.    Notify police immediately by calling 911.

Please remember that there is safety in numbers. If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female -- especially after dark and in the early morning hours. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief, University of Virginia Police Department

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

August 27, 2011

To the University Community:

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred on Aug. 27, 2011, at approximately 1:35 a.m. in the 1100 block of John Street. The victim reported encountering four or five unidentified males as he walked around a building. The victim was struck by the suspects, who fled with his wallet in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured. No further description of the suspects is available at this time.

If you have information related to this incident, call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

The University Police Department would like to remind members of the community that most robberies occur during the hours between sunset and sunrise; the best rule to follow is simply to stay inside at night.

To even consider being confined to a secure area after the sun goes down, however, is not only impossible but also unrealistic. By observing basic precautionary measures, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a robbery victim. Here are some general rules to follow:

1.    Travel well-lighted streets. Avoid dark corners, alleys and entrances to buildings. Always try to walk on the side of the street nearest oncoming traffic.
2.    There's safety in numbers! If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than a lone individual.
3.    When waiting for a bus or taxi, try to select a well-lighted area. Aim for a busy spot where many people will be coming and going.
4.    Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.
5.    If you are alone and think you are being followed, head for an occupied building such as a restaurant, bar, gas station, fire station, etc. If none is available, cross the street in the middle of the block.
6.    Be aware that alcohol and other drugs inhibit your ability to be fully aware of your surroundings. Look out for friends who have consumed alcohol.
 
During a robbery:
1.    DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate! Give the suspect(s) whatever he or she asks for: wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions
2.    Be the best witness you can be by getting a good look at the suspect(s) so you can describe him or her later. Try to note clothing, scars, marks, tattoos, facial hair and last direction of travel.
3.    Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a weapon.
4.    If the suspect claims to have a gun, knife, razor or whatever, never try to force the bluff.
5.    Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.
6.    Notify police immediately by calling 911.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

August 13, 2011

To the University Community:

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred on Aug. 12, 2011 at approximately 11:40 p.m. on 14th Street near Gordon Avenue.  Two victims report that they were approached by two suspects, one of whom presented a cutting instrument and demanded the wallet of one of the victims.  The suspects fled the area on foot and no one was injured.

The victims described the first suspect as black male between 22 and 27 years of age, 6 feet tall and 250 pounds.  At the time of the robbery he was wearing a white button-up shirt and blue jeans.

 The second suspect was described as an Hispanic male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds.  At the time of the incident he was wearing a bandana, a black long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

The University Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind.  This is a busy and exciting time for students as they return from summer break and begin to move into residence halls and off-Grounds housing moving into your residence hall, Off-Grounds housing and spend time on the Corner.

While Charlottesville remains a relatively safe environment, crimes do 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, turn over your belongings to the suspect and focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.

 * Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. The police want to emphasize you are not "bothering" them if you call. They definitely want you to call if you see something suspicious.

* If you are on the Grounds and need help, just pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.

* 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. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or take a late-night weekend bus.

* Keep your doors and windows locked.

* Never allow strangers to follow you into a locked building and gain entry by "tailgating" you once you swipe the card reader in a residence hall. Also, never prop open card-reader doors.

* If you see any of the following, immediately call the police at 911: a prowler; someone peeping into a residence; an individual watching, photographing or filming an area; or any other suspicious behavior.

* Work with your neighbors and fellow community members to ensure a safe environment.

* For additional safety tips from University Police, please see http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Michael A. Gibson
University of Virginia Chief of Police

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

August 3, 2011

To the University Community:

Today at approximately 1:40 a.m., Charlottesville Police responded to a reported robbery in the 1500 block of Gordon Avenue. The male victim reported he was walking near the intersection of 15th St N. W. when he was surrounded by three black males.

One of the suspects told the victim to turn his pockets out, and the victim's wallet and cell phone were taken. The victim was then ordered to lie face down on the ground.

The three individuals then left on foot in an unknown direction. Two of them are described as being approximately 6 feet tall, and the third was described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches. No other information was provided about the suspects. The victim was not injured during this incident.

This is the second robbery with similarities reported in this area over the past two weeks.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.

Please use all of the resources that are provided to you as a member of the University community. If you are interested in learning more about what resources are available, including safety seminars and self-defense classes, visit our Resources website. www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/resources.html

A few key things to remember:
* Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911.
* If you find yourself in a similar situation, turn over material belongings to the suspect and focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
* Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention.
* Avoid isolated areas when walking alone at night. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or take the late-night weekend bus.
* Report suspicious activity or people immediately by calling 911.
 

Michael A. Gibson
University Chief of Police

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Strine approved distribution of this message.

 

January 19, 2011

To the University Community:

Robbery attempt on Wednesday, Jan. 19

University Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred between the Women's Center and the Old Medical School shortly after 1 p.m. on January 19, 2011. The suspect attempted to spray the victim with a lubricant aerosol spray and then tried to take a bag that he was carrying. The victim was able to resist the attacker, who fled on foot. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as an African-American male between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 190 and 200 pounds. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing black shoes, black jeans, a black jacket with brown fur around the hood and a black knit hat and had a surgical mask over his face.

If you have information related to this crime, contact the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.
  
We encourage members of the public to promptly report any suspicious activity and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

If you observe an individual or occupied vehicle lingering or acting in other ways that make you suspicious or uncomfortable, call 911 to alert police.

During a robbery, remain calm. Don't argue or fight with the assailant. Quickly give the robber what is demanded. Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety. Be observant of the robber. Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down. Compare the robber to yourself. Is the robber taller, heavier, older? Were there tattoos or scars, etc.? If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene. Is there a vehicle involved? If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?

After a robbery, call 911 immediately. If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant. Tell the 911 dispatcher what happened and where you are, and give a description of the assailant and whether anyone was injured or weapons were involved.

 

December 12, 2010

To the University community:
 
Charlottesville Police are investigating a forcible fondling incident that occurred outside a pub on the Corner. The victim reported that a black male, 5'10" tall, wearing a black hoodie, walked up to her and fondled her shortly after 1 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2010.
 
If you have information related to this crime, call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280.
 
If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, get to a safe place and contact police by calling 911. If you don't want to contact the police, go to the nearest hospital so that you can be examined and treated for possible injuries. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are available to assist you.
 
University Police urge members of the community who have been assaulted to be aware of the resources available, such as the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA).  The 24-hour SARA hotline is 434-977-7273.  The services offered by SARA can be found at http://www.sexualassaultresources.org/.
 
The University of Virginia Women's Center offers programs and services to members of the community. The center is located at the Corner Building at 14th Street and University Avenue. The number for the Women's Center is 434-982-2910.  The services offered by the Women's Center can be found at http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/.
 
Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
University of Virginia

 

November 18, 2010

To the University Community:
 
Charlottesville Police are investigating an incident involving a U.Va. student who was shot in the leg with a BB gun as she was walking along the 1700 block of University Avenue at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The victim was not injured and believes the BB gun was fired from a vehicle traveling on University Avenue.
 
Anyone having information about this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280.
 
Police urge members of the community to remain alert and aware of potential dangers.
 
As you walk, take notice of your surroundings. Are there people around? What are they doing and wearing? Are there any physical characteristics that might help identify them? What is their direction of travel? 
 
If you find yourself in a similar situation, get to a safe place. Note as much information about the vehicle and occupants as possible. What type of vehicle is it?  Is it a four-door or SUV, etc. What color is it? Does it have any distinguishing characteristics such as damage, decals or paint? How many occupants and what can you note about them? Can you note the license plate from a safe place?
 
In the event of an incident, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s).
 
Report suspicious or criminal activity to police immediately by calling 911.
 
Contact the University Police to schedule a personal safety seminar. Officers will be available during these seminars to meet with members of the community to discuss personal safety. These seminars generally last one to three hours.
 
Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
University of Virginia

 

November 14, 2010

To Members of the University Community:

The Charlottesville Police Department responded to a forcible fondling of a University of Virginia student shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

The victim was walking near the 1100 block of Wertland Street when an unidentified white male approached her from behind; putting his hand up her skirt and fondling her. The victim began kicking and screaming and the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a white male between 20 and 30 years of age.  At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing dark pants and a black North Face jacket.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280.

* Police urge members of the community to remain alert and aware of potential dangers.

* Report criminal or suspicious activity immediately to police by calling 911.

* Avoid walking alone, if possible.

* Use the UTS, SafeRide and other resources.

* When walking, scan the area around you for potential dangers. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.

Contact the University Police to schedule a personal safety seminar.
Officers will be available during these seminars to meet with members of the community to discuss personal safety. These seminars generally last one to three hours.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) program is offered by the University Police and other groups within the Charlottesville community. Participants will learn about risk awareness and risk reduction strategies that help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime as well as the basics of self defense.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in a safety seminar or self- defense class should contact the University of Virginia Police Department at
434-924-7166 or police@virginia.edu.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
University of Virginia

 

October 25, 2010

To students, staff and faculty:

Shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, University of Virginia Police were called to Carr's Hill Field near University Avenue to investigate a robbery that occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The victim, a Charlottesville resident, reported that she was sitting at a picnic table near the field with her head down when she felt her purse being pulled. She looked up and observed the suspect pull her purse from her and flee on foot in an unknown direction. He is described as a black male between 20 and 25 years of age, between 5'6" and 5'8" tall, weighing between 120 and 140 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a red shirt.

If you have information related to this incident contact the University of Virginia Police Department at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

We encourage members of the public to promptly report any suspicious activity and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

If you observe an individual or occupied vehicle lingering or acting in other ways that make you suspicious or uncomfortable, call 911 to alert police.

During a robbery, remain calm. Don't argue or fight with the assailant. Quickly give the robber what he is demanding. Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety. Be observant of the robber. Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down. Compare the robber to yourself. Is he taller, heavier, older, were there tattoos or scars, etc.? If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene. Is there a vehicle involved?  If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?

After a robbery, call 911 immediately. If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant. Tell the 911 dispatcher what happened and where you are, and give a description of the assailant and whether anyone was injured or if weapons were involved.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

 

October 12, 2010

To Members of the University Community:

University of Virginia Police responded to a forcible fondling of a University of Virginia student shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

The victim was walking near the Central Grounds Parking Garage and Memorial Gym when an unidentified white male approached her from behind, pulled up her skirt and fondled her. The victim screamed and the suspect fled on foot behind Memorial Gym toward University Avenue.

The suspect was described as a white male with a slim build. He is approximately 5'8" tall with short hair.  At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

If you have information related to this crime, contact the University of Virginia Police at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

* Police urge members of the community to remain alert and aware of potential dangers.

* Report criminal or suspicious activity immediately to police by calling 911.

* Avoid walking alone, if possible.

* Use the UTS, SafeRide and other resources.

* When walking, scan the area around you for potential dangers. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, get to a safe place and alert police.

Contact the University Police to schedule a personal safety seminar.
Officers will be available during these seminars to meet with members of the community to discuss personal safety. These seminars generally last one to three hours.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) program is offered by the University Police and other groups within the Charlottesville community. Participants will learn about risk awareness and risk reduction strategies that help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime as well as the basics of self defense.

Students, faculty and staff who are interested in a safety seminar or self- defense class should contact the University of Virginia Police Department at
434-924-7166 or police@virginia.edu.

Michael A. Gibson
Chief of Police
University of Virginia

 

October 10, 2010

To Members of the Community:

University of Virginia Police responded to a robbery that occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. on October 10, 2010 near the Snyder Tennis Courts.  The victim, a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, reported that he was pushed to the ground from behind and three or four suspects took his cell phone and wallet.  The suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The suspects are described as black males ranging from 16 years to 19 years of age.  The victim was not injured during the incident.

Anyone with additional information should contact Detective Chris Easton at the University of Virginia Police Department at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. 

We encourage members of the public to promptly report any suspicious activity and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

If you observe an individual or occupied vehicle lingering or acting in other ways that make you suspicious or uncomfortable, call 9-1-1 to alert police.

During a robbery, remain calm.  Don't argue or fight with the assailant.  Quickly give the robber what he is demanding.  Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety.  Be observant of the robber.  Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down.  Compare the robber to yourself.  Is he taller, heavier, older, were there tattoos or scars, etc.?  If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene.  Is there a vehicle involved?  If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?

After a robbery, call 9-1-1 immediately.  If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant.  When you dial 9-1-1, tell the dispatcher what happened and where you are, and give a description of the assailant and whether anyone was injured or if weapons were involved.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

 

October 1, 2010

To the University Community:

Charlottesville Police have released information about an attempted robbery of a University student on Elliewood Avenue around 1:00 this morning. The best defense against crime is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students.

  • Remain alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • If you observe an individual or occupied vehicle lingering or acting in other ways that make you suspicious or uncomfortable, call 911 to alert police.
  • If you are involved in a robbery, remain calm.  Don't argue or fight with the assailant.  Quickly give the robber what he is demanding.  Don't take unnecessary chances with your safety.  Be observant to the robber.  Mentally note as many details about the robber as possible until you can write them down.  Compare the robber to yourself.  Is he taller, heavier, older, were there tattoos or scars?  If it can be done safely, observe the direction the robber takes in leaving the scene.  Is there a vehicle involved?  If so, can you safely note the license plate number and description of the vehicle?
  • After a robbery, call 911 immediately.  If you act quickly, police might be able to catch the assailant.  Tell the dispatcher what happened  and where you are, give a description of the assailant and let the dispatcher know if anyone was injured or if weapons were involved.

It is important that we all do our part to help make this a safe environment. Please protect yourself and your community.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

PRESS RELEASE
DATE: October 1, 2010
CONTACT PERSON: Capt. B.A Bibb
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER:  [434] 970-3265     
Charlottesville Police are investigating a report of an attempted robbery that occurred on 10/01/10 around 1:00 AM on Elliewood Ave.

A female University of Virginia student reported she was walking alone on Elliewood Ave around 1:00 AM when she was accosted by a black male who searched her pockets and asked for money and credit cards. The suspect described as a black male then attempted to walk the victim towards the Bank of America on the University corner.

The suspect and the victim then encountered another group of people and the suspect fled towards Chancellor St.  The suspect is described as a black male, 6'1/6'2 in his early twenties wearing a blue zip up sweatshirt, gray sweat pants, and tennis shoes. 
Anyone having information about this crime is asked to call crime stoppers at 977-4000.

 

September 30, 2010

To the University Community:

The Charlottesville Police Department has announced an arrest in connection with last night's assaults on two University students.

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE MEDIA RELEASE

RELEASE: Arrest of Abduction/Robbery Suspect
     
DATE:  09/30/10
     
CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Gary Pleasants

CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER:  (434) 566-1444

Charlottesville Police arrested Carlton William Arnold after an investigation into two related incidents that occurred in the city on September 29, 2010 in the University Corner area. The suspect was arrested after a video of him appeared on the local media and a number of calls were then placed to the police identifying Mr. Arnold.

Mr. Arnold has been charged with:

*Abduction by Force
*Robbery with a Firearm
*Aggravated Sexual Battery
*2 Counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony *Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Arrested was:

Carlton William Arnold
DOB 09/27/82
No fixed address

September 30, 2010

To the University Community:

Information about two attacks on University students -- one in the early evening and the other before 10 p.m.-- was issued today by the Charlottesville Police Department. I urge all of you to be aware of your surroundings, to trust your instincts and to call 911 immediately if you feel you may be in a dangerous situation. For more information, go to www.virginia.edu

Michael A. Gibson, Chief of Police

 

PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE: Incidents Involving UVA Students
DATE:  September 30, 2010
CONTACT PERSON: LT Pleasants
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER:  [434] 566-1444

Two incidents occurred last night 09/29/2010, involving female University of Virginia students being accosted.

At approximately 7:00 PM a female student reported that she was standing in the 1200 block of Wertland St. when a black male described as 20/23 years of age wearing a gray hoody and blue jeans placed his hand on her shoulder and stated "don't move." After a brief exchange of conversation the victim was able to walk away from the suspect without further incident.

At approximately 9:50 PM a female student reported she was walking in the 2100 block of 15th St. NW when a male subject approached her from behind and put something to her back she believed to be a gun and demanded money under threat of violence.

The suspect walked the victim to several locations attempting to obtain money using the victim's ATM card. At one point the victim was fondled by the suspect. After receiving a small amount of money the suspect fled leaving the victim unharmed in the UVA corner area. The suspect in this incident is described as a light skinned black male, thin build, medium height, wearing a grey hoody, and dark colored pants.

Police believe these two incidents are related and likely committed by the same suspect. There is no information or evidence at this time connecting these crimes to any pending investigations.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime stoppers at 977-4000.

 

September 26, 2010

Charlottesville Police responded to a shooting incident that occurred on 13th Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. on September 26, 2010. Charlottesville Police believe the incident occurred between two separate groups that may have been known to each other. One individual, a resident of Charlottesville, was struck by a bullet. He fled the scene on foot to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Anyone having information related to this incident should call Crimestoppers at 434-977-400 or the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280. Charlottesville and University Police will increase police presence on the corner and surrounding streets. University Police want to remind members of the community that the corner area attracts a diverse group of individuals who participate in diverse activities. The vast majority of individuals who frequent the corner and surrounding area are there to engage with others in a safe manner. As with any community, there is a small percentage who engages in high risk behavior that can compromise their own safety as well as the safety of others. The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and that of your friends and fellow students.

A few key reminders:

* Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911. You can remain anonymous.

* If you are on the Grounds and need help, just pick up one of the blue-light telephones. You automatically will be connected to University Police.

* Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention. Observe who is around you as well as their behavior or actions.

* Avoid isolated areas when walking alone at night. Use SafeRide 434-242-1122, walk with friends, or take a late-night weekend bus.

 

July 21, 2010

The University of Virginia Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery near the intersection of Crispell Drive and Roosevelt Brown Boulevard at 12:30 a.m. July 21, 2010. The victim, who is not affiliated with the University, reported being approached by three males on bicycles. One of the suspects got off his bicycle and walked up to the victim, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded his wallet. The suspects left the area on bicycles in the direction of Cherry Avenue.

The suspects are described as black males in their early to late teens wearing shorts and T-shirts.

Formerly known as the 9th-10th Street Connector, Roosevelt Brown Boulevard runs from West Main Street to Cherry Avenue near the east end of the University's Health System complex.

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery involving suspects with similar descriptions that occurred an hour earlier in the area of 6th Street.

Anyone having information related to either incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

Please use all of the resources that are provided to you as a member of the University community. If you are interested in learning more about what resources are available, including safety seminars and self-defense classes, visit our Resources website. www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/resources.html

A few key things to remember:

  • Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911.
  • If you find yourself in a similar situation, turn over material belongings to the suspect and focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight and last known direction of travel.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention.
  • Avoid isolated areas when walking alone at night. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or take the late-night weekend bus.
  • Report suspicious activity or people immediately by calling 911.

 

July 20, 2010

The Charlottesville Police Department responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred on Roosevelt Brown Blvd at 11:30 p.m. on Monday July 19, 2010. The victim, a University of Virginia student, reported being approached from behind and was pushed into some bushes along the sidewalk as she was walking on Roosevelt Brown Blvd. After a brief struggle, the assailant fled on foot in the direction of West Main Street.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties. He is approximately five foot seven inches tall and weighs approximately 150 to 160 pounds.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

Please use all of the resources that are provided to you as a member of the University community. If you are interested in learning more about what resources are available, including safety seminars and self-defense classes, visit our Resources web site.

A few key things to remember:

  • Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling 911.
  • If you find yourself in a similar situation, turn over material belongings to the suspect and focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight and last known direction of travel.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention.
  • Avoid isolated areas when walking alone at night. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or take the late-night weekend bus.
  • Report suspicious activity or people immediately by calling 911.

The University of Virginia Police Department would like to remind you of several resources that are available if you believe you, or a friend, has been a victim of sexual assault. Sources of support available include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, Charlottesville's Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs for the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Students wishing to pursue disciplinary action through the University can do so through the University's Sexual Assault Board. For more information about the Sexual Assault Board, contact the Office of Dean of Students or by phone at 434-924-7133. Students are eligible to receive support through any of these channels regardless of whether they elect to pursue criminal, civil, or administrative remedies through the University.

 

Safety Tips:

General Safety Tips:

  • Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device as they limit what you can hear.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Use the Blue Light Phones located throughout the Grounds.
  • Know the Grounds. Find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed.
  • Vary your route and schedule.
  • Avoid walking or jogging at night.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the Safe Ride Service or walk with friends.
  • Use the lighted pathway system.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Notify police immediately of suspicious or criminal activity, even if you do not want to leave your name.
  • If a person feels threatened or in danger, he or she should blow their whistle continuously until help arrives. Persons hearing the sound are to respond by blowing their whistles when near the scene to help attract others, or to scare away a possible perpetrator.
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME

Pedestrian Rail Safety Tips:

  • Train tracks are private property, no matter which railroad owns them.  Trains have the right of way 100% of the time---over ambulances, fire engines, cars, the police and pedestrians.
  • Never walk down a train track; it's illegal and it's dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer can see a trespasser or a vehicle on the tracks, it is too late. The train cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Trains can move in either direction at any time. Trains are sometimes pushed by locomotives instead of being pulled. This is especially true in commuter and light rail passenger service.
  • Modern trains are quieter than ever, with no telltale "clackety-clack." Also, an approaching train will always be closer and moving faster than you think.
  • A train may extend three feet or more outside the steel rail, which makes the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the rails themselves.
  • Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
  • Remember: Rail and recreation do not mix!

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

  • When a crosswalk signal is present, only cross when authorized.
  • Even when authorized, always look left, right and then left again before crossing. 
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.
  • Stop at the curb, or the edge of the road, never in the roadway.
  • Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before crossing.
  • If you see a car, wait until it goes by.  Remember, only the driver can stop the vehicle and he has to choose to stop. 
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car.  Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing, and remember, walk. Don’t run.
  • Watch for turning vehicles pulling from the wrong side of the street or from private drives.
  • Do not text message or read while crossing.
  • Do not blindly follow others or allow others to direct you across the street without looking.

Spring Break Safety Tips:

By considering these tips and making the choice to have a safe, enjoyable Spring Break, you’ll reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

  1. Start Before You Leave – Before you leave for your trip, make sure to secure your dorm, apartment or house and have a friend collect your newspaper and mail while you are gone. Try to avoid making it obvious that you aren’t home and don’t tell anyone who doesn’t need to know about your travel plans.
  2. Do Your Homework – Before catching your plane or packing your car, make sure to research your destination. Check for any government travel advisories and news about your destination. Also make sure to deal only with reputable travel companies, with experience in booking Spring Break trips specifically for students.
  3. Set Limits in Advance – Once you get to your destination, make sure to set personal limits – like only having a set number of drinks and share your personal limits with your fellow travelers. By telling others, they can stop you if you try to exceed those limits – avoiding a potentially embarrassing or dangerous situation.
  4. Trust Your Instinct – If you are approached by someone while out and you get a weird feeling, trust your instinct and move on. Make a mental a note of that person and make sure you don’t end up alone with that person or accept a drink from them.
  5. Party in Packs – Always make sure to go out with your friends. When you’re out with friends, you are less likely to do something that could be embarrassing down the road and you’ll feel safer knowing that you are all looking out for each other.

Spring break is meant to be a great time with your friends, and a memory you’ll never forget.  So take care of yourself, stick together with your friends, have a good time, and make good choices!  Safety is something we have to worry about every day, but especially on spring break!