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UPDATE: VCU Police Seeking Skirt-lifting Suspect Arrested

Two recent assaults took place on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 2018 on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus.

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Update 9/28:

To the VCU and VCU Health Communities,

Following a public safety advisory sent via email on Sept. 25, 2018, I wanted to let students, faculty and staff know that the VCU Police Department has made an arrest in connection to two recent assaults on the Monroe Park Campus.

After receiving reports of assaults from Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, we issued the advisory, along with a photo and video clip of the suspect, to inform you about these incidents and to ask for help identifying the suspect. Based off of tips from the community, we were able to identify one person in connection with both cases; the suspect is charged with sexual battery. Additional arrest information is below:

Image description: Justin A. Harvey, 26, of North Chesterfield, Va. (VCU Police arrest photo)

Justin A. Harvey, 26, of North Chesterfield, Va., is charged with one count of sexual battery (a misdemeanor). Harvey is not affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently being held without bond in the Richmond City Justice Center. The VCU Police Department is continuing its investigation.

I would like to thank everyone in the VCU community, including local media stations, who took the time to review and share the case information. It is this publicity on numerous platforms that lead to an arrest.

As a reminder to our community, the VCU Police Department takes all reports of suspicious activity, crime, assault, sexual assaults and any threatening behavior seriously. We appreciate that the survivors came forward to speak with our detectives. We truly rely on everyone to help us keep both campuses safe.

Sincerely,

Chief John Venuti, VCU Police

Assistant Vice President for Public Safety

Originally posted 9/26 From VCU Alert:

Following two recent assaults on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 2018 on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, the VCU Police Department is issuing a public safety advisory as a precaution for the community and to develop leads on the suspect’s identity.

The department’s ability to locate suspects quickly is often dependent on timely reporting. VCU Police respectfully asks members of the community to contact police immediately if you witness, or are a victim of, a crime.

  • On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, a VCU student reported that while she was walking on the 00 block of South Harrison Street at 12:45 a.m., an unknown man approached her from behind and pulled up her dress. (This location is near the intersection of South Harrison and West Cary Streets.)
  • On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, a VCU student was walking on the 00 block of South Brunswick Street at 3:45 a.m., between West Main and West Cary Streets, when an unknown man ran up behind her and lifted her skirt. The student reported seeing a flash, which police believe could have been either a flashlight feature or camera feature on a cell phone.

VCU Police detectives continue to investigate and believe the same suspect is involved in both incidents.

Suspect Description:The suspect is a white male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, who wore a brown or black baseball cap, cargo shorts and a t-shirt. In one report, the suspect was wearing glasses.

Video Description: A male suspect walking westbound on the 1300 block of Floyd Avenue in Richmond, Va.  The suspect is wearing a dark baseball cap with sunglasses on top, a dark t-shirt, cargo shorts and white sneakers. (VCU Police camera footage.)

Image Description (1): A male suspect walks westbound on the 1300 block of Floyd Avenue in Richmond, Va.  The suspect is wearing a dark baseball cap with sunglasses on top, a dark t-shirt, cargo shorts and white sneakers. (VCU Police suspect photo.)

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit:http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visithttp://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

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