Police arrest Charlottesville suspect in UVa attacks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A convicted killer is charged with attacking and trying to rob two female University of Virginia students.

The suspect was arrested Thursday night after police released surveillance video, but this community remains on edge after another female student was almost robbed this morning.

It happened around 1 a.m. in the morning on Elliewood Avenue. A female was grabbed. The suspect was forcing her to a Bank of America, but fled when another group people came walking by.

"I'm definitely more cautious when I go out at night. and I'm definitely not going to walk by myself." said fourth year student Marie Han.

Fourth year Olivia Paul added, "It just reminds us that we are actually not in a very safe sphere like we think we're so secure in this U.Va. bubble but we're not."

The U.Va. bubble burst this week, when the university warned students to be cautious. On Wednesday night two women were attacked. The first happened at 7 p.m. at night. A female standing in the 1200 block of Wertland Road was grabbed by the shoulders, and told not to move, but got away.

Three hours later, police say the same suspect grabbed a woman walking in the 2100 block of 15th Street. He put something in her back. She thought it was a gun. He forced her to walk to several nearby businesses and use her ATM card.

Investigators released the surveillance video from the abduction and robbery. Within hours, they'd identified 28-year-old Carlton William Arnold as their suspect.

Arnold got out of jail in July after serving 12 years for gunning down a clerk at a gas station on Ivy Road. Arnold was just 16 at the time, the clerk, Osama Hassan was shot eight times.

"I don't know why these people are allowed out on the streets cause you know, once you've done that kind of crime, I don't know, the consequences should be a little harsher," said grad student Brad Atefi.

Arnold is being held at the Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond. Outside the courtroom his father told reporters that his son had recently gotten a job, was living with him and seemed to be doing well.

Arnold is charged with abduction by force, robbery, aggravated sexual battery and several gun violations. He'll be back in court October 14.

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