VCU students worry about safety after recent assaults

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Virginia Commonwealth University Police are investigating an assault that happened on the campus Sunday morning. This is one of several alleged assaults reported on the campus recently. Some students say they feel a bit uneasy.

“It makes me feel unsafe.” said Donna Yates.

A man was reportedly punched in the face around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. According to a VCU advisory, the man was walking on Laurel Street crossing to West Grace Street.

The suspect is described as a black male in a red hat and white shirt. He is described as having a medium build.  He got away leaving the victim with a chipped tooth. The victim was treated by Emergency Medical Services Personnel.

Students say they’re concerned about the recent assaults.

“We get the emails about it all the time. It seems like it’s kind of increasing especially this semester. I’ve been here. I’m a senior so I have been here for four years and it seems like the rate is increasing compared to a few years before,”
said Andrew Stasi.

VCU Police reported three alleged sexual assaults in August.

Last week, police reported a sexual battery case after a woman says she was holding the door open for a man when he grabbed her behind at the University Student Commons.

Students say they’re changing their behavior in of the recent events.

“I do look around more. I am more aware of my surroundings. I usually try to go in groups of two or three but sometimes that can’t always happen,” said Donna Yates.

If you think you know anything about the recent assaults call VCU Police at (804) 828- 1196.

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