VCU starts academic year with mob assault on campus

Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-22 21:20:08-04

RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) -- Virginia Commonwealth University Police are looking for fifteen individuals involved in two separate incidents on campus late Tuesday night.

VCU Police Chief John Venuti tells CBS6 the events took place sometime around two in the morning.

One individual was assaulted near the intersection of Shafer and Grace and then, minutes later, another individual was assaulted and robbed just blocks away by the same group.  

“This is not the start to the semester that we were looking for,” Venuti told CBS 6.

Venuti said the victims received minor injuries.

“We are currently following up on some leads and we are looking for some of the camera shots of the suspects that were involved,” Venuti added.

With the events happening so close to the start of the academic year, students say it is serving as a wakeup call.

“Knowing it can happen is a little scary,” Nora Wilson, a VCU Junior, said.

“It’s probably scared a few kids that are not so used to the city,” Zach Wilson, an incoming freshman, told CBS 6.

“I imagine people are nerve wracked by it,” he added.
VCU Police said they are adding additional officers to the campus this week in an effort to increase security. University officials encourage all students to utilize the University Escort Service when necessary.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact them  at (804) 828-1234.