Police looking for suspects and witnesses in assault near VCU

Published: Sep. 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2015 at 4:46 AM EDT
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Investigators say that three of the people captured in surveillance images are suspects and the...
Investigators say that three of the people captured in surveillance images are suspects and the other two are witnesses, but they want to find all five. (Source: VCU Police)
Investigators say that three of the people captured in surveillance images are suspects and the...
Investigators say that three of the people captured in surveillance images are suspects and the other two are witnesses, but they want to find all five. (Source: VCU Police)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU Police are asking for the public's help to identify any of the people in newly released pictures that could help solve attacks on two men.

Investigators say that three of the people captured in surveillance images are suspects and the other two are witnesses, but they want to find all five.

Police say the attacks happened on the 400 block of North Harrison Street in the early hours of September 12, 2015. Now they're hoping the public can help land them closer to the suspects and those who witnessed the crime.

"We understand that it can be nerve-wracking for parents to hear things on TV and to hear of violent things occurring on campuses," said Chief Craig Branch who is President of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. "So this is a time where we do a huge push on campus safety preparedness."

Chief Branch notes September is National Campus Safety Awareness month.

"We're having to look towards technology to assist us with safety," said Chief Branch.

Police note there are free apps like the "companion app" that can help improve safety. The companion app allows students to request a friend or family member to keep them company and track them via GPS as they walk home. There is an "I feel nervous" option and an option to call police. Chief Branch also encourages students to sign up for campus alerts.

VCU Police sent a campus alert to students about the assault and posted info on social media. Images show three male suspects and two females who may have watched the attacks unfold. Police say a man was being beat up when a bystander stopped to help. But when he did, he found himself attacked by two other men and lost consciousness. The attackers then took off in a white SUV.

Investigators do not believe the women shown in the photo egged on the fight, but they do believe they have information that can help crack this case.
Fortunately no weapons were used in these assaults. However, police want to find everyone involved.

Anyone with any information in this case is asked to call VCU Police at 804-828-1196.

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