One of the robberies occurred on W. Franklin Street
UPDATE: The Richmond Police Department has arrested three people in connection with the robbery that took place on the 1000 block of West Franklin Street on Monday night.
VCU Police are assisting RPD with its investigation.
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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Virginia Commonwealth University is sending a warning to students after two women were robbed near campus on Monday night.
The first robbery happened on Park Avenue around 6 p.m on March 24. The second occurred a few blocks away near West Franklin Street. Investigators say the two robberies are not related.
VCU and Richmond Police say they'll both be stepping up their patrols in the areas around campus.
Meanwhile, students say they aren't surprised by the latest crimes, but they are a reminder to pay attention to their surroundings.
"We don't have an enclosed campus," said student Kathryn Lewis. "We live within a city itself. It's going to happen, there are going to be people here that shouldn't be here. You just have to play it safe for yourself."
The first crime happened while it was still light outside. According to a VCU alert, a woman was walking along Park Avenue when a man came up from behind, poked her in the back with something and demanded money. He got away with some cash.
Then around 10 p.m., a woman was walking along West Franklin Street when a man and three women came up to her. The man grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground without saying anything. The suspects took her backpack, which was later found; everything that had been inside was missing. Junior Monica Munoz says that's why she makes sure she doesn't walk around campus alone at night.
"I usually don't walk by myself," she said. "I live with like eight people and we're always at the studio. I'm an art student, so we always walk together at night or we take Ram Safe, which is good that they have that here."
Richmond Police are handling the investigation of both crimes. Descriptions of the suspects in the case were very vague, but if you saw anything unusual and can help police call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.