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VCU and Richmond police step up patrols after violent Monroe Park robbery

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VCU and Richmond police stepped up patrols Wednesday night after a man was the victim of a violent robbery in Monroe Park.

There are still no arrests in the case and students say, they are on edge while the suspects are still on the loose.

The robbery happened around 9:00 Tuesday night. The victim told officers, three men asked to use his cell phone. When he refused, they beat him up, took his backpack and phone, got into a silver sedan and took off.

VCU student Matt Riley says, he never goes on campus when it's dark and avoids Monroe Park at night.

"I'm not on campus when it's dark," said Riley. "I don't feel safe on campus when it's dark."

Riley says, when he got the VCU text alert on his phone saying someone had been robbed, he wasn't surprised.

"We get those text alerts all the time," he said. "It's just something that happens around here."

Riley says he takes extra precaution after sundown. VCU urges all people in the area to do the same including, 

  • Always call VCU Police at 828-1234 if you see someone or something suspicious. You can also use an Emergency Reporting Telephone to connect directly to VCU Police. If not on campus, you may also report suspicious activity to the Richmond Police.
  • When traveling after dark, consider using RamSafe. If you must travel by foot, try to use well-traveled, well-lit routes and travel in a group, if possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert. Minimize distractions such as phones or headphones.  
  • Always secure the doors to your residence and your car. Never leave your valuables unattended or in plain sight. Larceny is the most reported crime on campus and it is 100% preventable.

Meanwhile, police continue to patrol the area and look for those suspects who got away for now.

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