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Date: January 29, 2007
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin
Subject: Charlottesville Police Investigating Two Sexual Attacks on Students
I am writing to make you aware of two sexual attacks reported by two U.Va.
female students early this morning. One attack occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Wertland Street; the other at approximately
2:30 a.m. in the area of Wertland and 13th streets. In both instances, the women were able to break
free of the assailant. Both women have been offered assistance and support
from the University.
The Charlottesville Police are investigating the attacks and have issued a
press release (reprinted below), noting similarities in the two descriptions
of the attacker.
Students are encouraged foremost to take precaution when walking alone,
especially at night. As always, please remain aware of your surroundings and
ask others to accompany you if at all possible. SafeRide may be one option
for receiving a ride home late at night. The service operates during the
week from midnight to 6 a.m. The number is 434-242-1122. To learn more, or
to read about other options for late-night travel, see:
The Charlottesville Police ask any students who may have been in the Corner
area last night or who can provide information on these attacks to call
Crime Stoppers at 434-997-4000.
Below is the full text of the press release from the Charlottesville Police
Charlottesville Police Investigating Two University of Virginia Students
Sexually Attacked Monday Morning
Charlottesville Police (CPD) responded to a report early this morning at a
residence in the 1200 Block of Wertland Street. A 21-year-old University of
Virginia student reported that she had left a party at the Satellite Ball
Room at 1435 University Avenue around 12:30 a.m. She was walking by herself
home to her apartment in the 1200 Block of Wertland Street. As she was
opening her apartment door a man grabbed her in a sexual manner and tried to
force his way inside. One of the victim's roommates and her boyfriend heard
the screams and came to investigate. As they approached, the attacker ran
off with the roommate's boyfriend in pursuit. He was unable to catch the
assailant. The attacker was described as a white male, mid- to late 20s,
short dark hair, wearing a blue sweat shirt with hood and light colored
At approximately 4:30 a.m., CPD met with a 28-year-old University of
Virginia Law student that called at the urging of her boyfriend to report a
past assault. She reported walking home alone when she was approached by a
white male who was standing near the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant located at
1309 West Main Street around 2:30 a.m. The man appeared to be "clean cut"
and told her it was too cold a night to be out walking. He offered to give
her a ride home and she agreed. As he claimed to be walking her towards his
car in the direction of Wertland Street in the area of the 13th Street, she
changed her mind about going with him and turned to go back towards
University Avenue. At this point they were in a dark area. The man grabbed
her and forced her up against a vehicle fondling her in a sexual manner. She
began at this point to fight the attacker and was able to break free and
make her way home where her boyfriend encouraged her to contact the police.
She described the assailant as a white male, early 30s, 5' 10" to 6' tall,
brown hair, clean shaven with a medium build. She believes he was wearing a
dark button up shirt and dark pants. The victim was taken to the University
of Virginia Hospital where she was later released.
These attacks could have been caused by two separate attackers. However,
because of the closeness of time, location and type of attack, the
similarity of description and the fact that in both attacks the victims
described him as "weak" and were able to fight him off, CPD feels there is a
high degree of probability that the two crimes were committed by the same
Anyone, especially anyone who was in the Corner area last night, that might
have any ideas on who this man might be please call Crime Stoppers at