Community Alert

Date & Time of Incident: 
September 2, 2015 4:23 am
Report Type: 
Assault
Reported Offense Summary: 

An assault was reported to the Charlottesville Police Department on September 2, 2015. A female student was walking in the area of 14th Street & Wertland Street at 4:23 a.m. when an unknown male riding a bicycle reached down and hit her on the buttocks. He then turned around and confronted the victim, stating that he had a gun. The victim reported that he was holding something; however, she did not believe it was a gun. The victim thought it may have been a small pocket knife. Words were exchanged and when the victim stated that she was calling police the bicyclist rode away.  The intentions of the suspect are unclear but concerning. 

September 2, 2015

Community Alert 
Possible Threat to the Community 
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September 2, 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 
September 2, 2015 at 4:23 a.m.

Report Type: Assault

Reported Offense: An assault was reported to the Charlottesville Police Department on September 2, 2015. A female student was walking in the area of 14th Street & Wertland Street at 4:23 a.m. when an unknown male riding a bicycle reached down and hit her on the buttocks. He then turned around and confronted the victim, stating that he had a gun. The victim reported that he was holding something; however, she did not believe it was a gun. The victim thought it may have been a small pocket knife. Words were exchanged and when the victim stated that she was calling police the bicyclist rode away.  The intentions of the suspect are unclear but concerning. 

Appearance of suspect is reported to be:


Race:

Black

Sex:

Male

Height:

Approximately 5'10"

Weight:

Thin build

Hair Color:

Unknown

Eye Color:

Unknown

Age:

20-30 years of age

Additional Description:

Raspy Voice

Please notify the Charlottesville Police Department if you have any information about the incident.

Safety Tips:

  • If possible, don't walk alone during late-night/early morning hours. Walk in groups whenever you can--there is safety in numbers.
  • Use Safe Ride. Put their number, 434-242-1122 into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/saferide.html.
  • If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.
  • If you are confronted by an individual wanting your material possessions, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for -- wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards, and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don't make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don't turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
  • If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.
  • Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones - as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

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