Woman assaulted in the Fan

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are investigating a mugging in the Fan overnight.  Police say a woman was pushed to the ground shortly after 1 a.m., in the 2100 block of Floyd Avenue. The robber got away with her money.

Residents in the Fan say the mugging early this morning is a recurring problem in their neighborhood. Now neighbors are looking for ways they can start to fight back against crime.

"There are some number of robberies and, they happen everywhere," said John Gilbody of the Fan District Association. "They happen in the Fan. It's unfortunate."

Many residents in the Fan say they feel safe walking around the neighborhood and hear about crime from time to time, but they always expect it to happen to someone else.

"I feel fine," said resident EJ Anscello. "I just walk around by myself. I don't carry anything around with me like knives and stuff for any protection."

Some residents say better lighting is needed on many of the streets in the Fan and plans are now underway to create a neighborhood watch program. Neighbors say people, like the latest mugging victim, shouldn't have to stay home in order to stay safe.

"She could have been coming home from work or she could have been coming back from being with friends," Gilbody said. "She shouldn't have to live her life in fear and she shouldn't have to stay inside all the time because that's the only way you won't get mugged."

The woman who was attacked wasn't seriously hurt. Police only have a vague description of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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