Man attempts to rob VCU student with knife

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Campus Police say a man walked up to a VCU student holding a knife and asked for money.

Officers confirm the suspect approached the student outside the Temple building on the 900 block of West Main street. Students say they still can't believe it happened in the middle of broad daylight.

"It's ridiculous especially the time of day it happened," said sophomore Breona Dewitt. "That's why I don't walk around at night by myself either."

Noon is usually a time when dozens of students are walking to class, but that didn't keep one person from trying to get money from a student. VCU Police say a man carrying a small knife walked up to a woman and asked for money around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say he got away with nothing. They didn't say what happened between the time he showed the knife and walked off.  VCU students received a campus alert warning them about the incident.

"I would expect it in Richmond, but not in the daytime," said senior Jessica Lewis.

Lewis is a commuter and she only takes classes during the day to try avoid any danger if she can.

"I don't take classes at night because I don't want to take the risk of that happening to me," Lewis added.

Police say the man could be in his early 20s. He was wearing khaki pants with a gray and white long-sleeve shirt, and neon green sunglasses. This incident is just one more reason for students to be extremely aware of their surroundings.

"I see a lot of people with mace on their key chains just so you can always have it in your hand and be prepared," Lewis noted.

Some students say they're a bit more careful now and VCU Police encourage them to always report anything that looks out of the ordinary.

Police are still looking for the suspect. Anyone with information can call VCU Police at: 828-1234. You can also text VCU Police at 274637. Use the keyword "VCUTIP" before your message.

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