VCU Police investigate aggravated assault on campus

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Police are searching for suspects involved in two separate violent attacks, just days apart. The most recent happened at 2:08 Sunday morning near the heart of VCU's Monroe Park Campus.

Around 2:30 a.m., thousands of VCU students were notified of the incident overnight through the VCU Alert service. There had been an aggravated assault at Gilmer and Broad streets – right where Shaniece Robinson lives.

"I think it's crazy to think we can be anywhere these assaults are happening at any given time," said Robinson. "It's crazy that it could have been me or one of my friends."

Robinson makes a point to always walk with someone at night. VCU Police say a man was walking with a group of friends here when two guys wearing dark clothes approached him and started throwing punches. They left him with head and mouth injuries.

"It's really sad but it's not that bizarre," said Junior Patricia Nygaard.

Three days earlier, another man was assaulted just a quarter mile away at Park Avenue and Linden Street, near the library. An argument escalated into a fight, leaving the victim with head and facial injuries as well. Police are still looking for two suspects.

Students here say the aggressors aren't normally VCU students. That was the case in a mob attack on campus last month. Police arrested three people they say attacked a student and a visitor.

"That was really scary," Nygaard said. "It was like a group of people who knew what they wanted to do, and they were just targeting random people."

Even though students have gotten a handful of alerts just a month into the school year, they say VCU Police are visible everywhere- giving them some peace of mind.

"I think the VCU Police are doing a god job to make sure the area is safe," Shaniece added.

Police are still looking for the suspects in this week's assaults. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously.

VCU Police offer the following tips to students:

In the event of an incident, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). 
Focus on his or her physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself.
If you need help, look for an Emergency Reporting Telephone. You automatically will be connected to University Police.
For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see: and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Report suspicious or criminal activity to police immediately.
Avoid a similar confrontation, even if only verbal and call the police for similar disturbances.

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