VCU Police identify a ‘person of interest’ in alleged Snapchat sexual assault video

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU Police says they have identified one of the two persons of interest following an investigation into reports of a sexual assault that was recorded and posted to Snapchat this past weekend.

VCU Police say there is a warrant out for the arrest of Mario Perry Johnson. Officers added he has no affiliation with the university.

Mario Perry Johnson

The second individual’s identity is unknown at this time. Officers are still gathering additional information.

According to VCU Police, they believe the assault happened either on Saturday night on Aug. 24 or early morning Sunday, Aug. 25.

The VCU student body reacted to the sexual assault on social media — criticizing VCU Police for not being able to do much since they could not determine the location of the assault. One tweet said the victim was a ‘girl that goes to VCU.’

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting, to feel confident enough to post it on social media is so bold in a way that it’s just evil,” VCU graduate Destiny Rodriguez told 8News.

Mario Perry Johnson, right, and an unknown man on the left, walk into VCU’s Cary Street Parking Deck shortly before midnight on Saturday, Aug. 24. VCU Police are looking for the man on the left; he has facial hair, glasses, a bright-colored lanyard, a dark shirt, brown pants and red sneakers. 

“I’m hoping because they were dumb enough to post it on social media that they will be held accountable,” Rodriguez added.

VCU Police stated that they started investigating the incident as soon as it was reported but they are still don’t know where the assault happened.

Police said they received reports saying the two individuals were asking VCU students about parties downtown.

Using cameras, VCU Police were able to capture two men walking from Oregon Hill onto VCU campus and walking along VCU’s Gladding Residence Center on the corner of Laurel and West Main Streets in the early hours of Aug. 25.

VCU Police is asking anyone with information to come forward.

Mario Perry Johnson, left, and an unknown man on the left, walk into VCU’s Cary Street Parking Deck shortly before midnight on Saturday, Aug. 24. 

Students or community members who were downtown on Saturday night or early Sunday morning may have seen them walking on or near VCU’s campuses, may have seen or met them at a party, restaurant or store or may know them personally. Any amount of information you can provide about their identities and whereabouts this weekend will help our investigation.”

VCU Interim Chief of Police Mike O’Berry            

You can reach VCU Police 24/7 by calling (804) 828-1234 or by sending in tips on the LiveSafe app; anonymous tips are accepted and all tips are monitored 24/7.

Resources are available for survivors of sexual assault. Visit https://health.students.vcu.edu//patient-resources/sexual-assault/ for more details.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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