CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSLS) – The University of Virginia is alerting students about a rape at knifepoint reported to police early Saturday morning.
The attack happened just after midnight on Emmet Street between McCormick Road and Thomson road.
According to an e-mail sent to the university community, a female victim says she was sexually assaulted by a stranger who was armed with a knife.
Press Release from the Charlottesville Police Department:
The Charlottesville Police Department is currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours of 08/20/2016. The female victim, a University of Virginia student, was approached from behind.
The suspect had a knife, pulled the victim from the sidewalk and assaulted her. The incident occurred on Emmet St, in the area of Thompson Road.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 20-30 years old, average height with light colored hair. No additional details are available at this time.
If you were in this area 12:00 am and 01:00 am and noticed anything suspicious, you are encouraged to contact Det. Sgt. T. Newberry at 434-970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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