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Police Seeking Two Persons of Interest in Sexual Assault




From VCU Police:

PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY: We are requesting the community’s help in identifying two persons of interest believed to be involved in a sexual assault from this past weekend.

On Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, VCU Police received reports of a sexual assault that was video-recorded and posted to the social media application Snapchat. VCU Police actively began investigating this incident as soon as it was reported. We believe the assault occurred late at night on Saturday, Aug. 24 or in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 25. At this time detectives are unable to determine where the assault occurred but believe it could have occurred in an apartment or private residence. Since Sunday, we have received reports that the two individuals were asking VCU students about parties downtown.

We are publishing photos of the two men we believe are involved with this incident. Using VCU’s security cameras, we tracked the two men walking from Oregon Hill onto VCU’s Monroe Park Campus; the men walked along West Main Street near VCU’s Gladding Residence Center (GRC). At this time it is not known if either individual is affiliated with the university.

The VCU Police Department takes all reports of sexual assault seriously. We ask that anyone with information on these two individuals please contact us. Students or community members who were downtown on Saturday night or early Sunday morning may have seen them walking on or near VCU’s campuses, may have seen or met them at a party, restaurant or store or may know them personally. Any amount of information you can provide about their identities and whereabouts this weekend will help our investigation.

Should you see either of these individuals, please call us immediately. You can reach VCU Police 24/7 by calling (804) 828-1234 or by sending in tips on the LiveSafe app; anonymous tips are accepted and all tips are monitored 24/7.

We thank you for your time and attention on this matter and we appreciate any information you can provide.


Photo caption (1): A person of interest in a sexual assault reported to VCU Police on Aug. 25, 2019. He is wearing a dark-colored and yellow top.


Photo caption (2): A person of interest in a sexual assault reported to VCU Police on Aug. 25, 2019. He is wearing a gray shirt and a red Cincinnati Reds baseball cap.


Photo caption (3): Two persons of interest walk by VCU’s Gladding Residence Center (GRC) at the corner of Laurel and West Main streets in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 25. The man on the left is wearing a red hat, a dark shirt with graphics, dark pants and sneakers. The man on the right is wearing a dark jacket, yellow or light shirt, tan or brown pants and red sneakers.

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