RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police have charged a man in connection to a sexual battery incident they say happened near VCU’s campus last week.
According to police, the incident occurred in the 700 block of N. Harrison Street just before 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers learned a woman was walking in the area when the suspect “approached them from behind and grabbed their buttocks.” According to police, the suspect said, “Excuse me” and walked northbound on Harrison Street.
Richmond Police are asking anyone with additional information to contact them.
VCU Police used this incident to remind students of the following:
- Call police immediately.
- Carry pepper spray and/or a loud whistle or high decibel personal alarm.
- Yell for help and to draw attention.
- Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night.
- Avoid letting people into your personal space in case you have to react.
- Be aware of your surroundings and walk with a purpose
- Keep your head up and look like you are on a mission
- Don’t make yourself an easy target by being distracted with earbuds and electronic devices. Always be able to hear and see them coming.
- Download the LiveSafe application and send a photo of the suspect if you can safely do so.
- Don’t have your cell phone? Use the nearest Emergency Reporting Telephone. You will automatically be connected to VCU Police. Phones are located on the exterior of VCU buildings and at each parking deck and lot. (Note: Phones may be yellow or blue in some locations.)
- Between 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. use the RamSafe transportation service to avoid walking alone. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
- Know where the RAMSWay Paths are. Travelers will more than likely encounter a VCU Police Officer and Emergency Reporting Telephone along the way. Paths have cameras, good lighting and safety signage. Visit https://police.vcu.edu/stay-safe/ramsway/ for more details.