Police investigating VCU, VUU robberies

Zoë Dehmer
Staff writer

VCU, Virginia Union University and Richmond City police are investigating three robberies that occurred in succession late Tuesday night near campus.

Each incident occurred off of the Monroe Park core campus between 8 p.m. and 12:55 a.m. The incidents may be related but a link between the three has not yet been confirmed by police.

In all three incidents, reports indicate that three black males driving what was believed to be a silver or grey 2008 or 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

The first suspect was described as a black male approximately 5-foot-10-inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a grey Rocawear sweatshirt with white lettering and blue jeans. The second was described as a black male wearing a green shirt with “LRG” lettering and a green hat, possibly armed with a handgun. The third was a black male guessed to bje 6-feet tall wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

In a statement from VUU, spokesperson Vanessa Moody Coombs confirmed two men robbed two male students at gunpoint on the campus basketball court on Tuesday around 8:00 p.m., on the 1500 block of North Lombardy Street. The suspects demanded property and money from the victims, who were unharmed during the incident.

Richmond City Police later reported that two unknown males robbed another male at gunpoint on the 1600 block of Grove Avenue around 10:50 p.m. on the same night. Richmond police were the initial recipients of the report and VCU Police assisted in responding.

VCU Police reported three male suspects robbed and assaulted a male victim in the 1500 block of Idlewood Avenue at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The victim met the suspects near the Brandt and Rhoads Hall patio on campus, where he was offered a ride in the suspects’ car, a grey 4-door vehicle. The victim was transported to a location off the core campus where the assault occurred. VCU Police received the initial call and both VCU Police and Richmond Police responded.

The VCU PD gave notice of the off campus crime via their alert website Wednesday morning, but sent no alert text to students and community members.

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