Woman victim of mysterious dart attack in Fan Sunday

Posted at 12:09 AM, Mar 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-18 00:09:23-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--Richmond Police are looking for a college-aged male who was wearing a black, hooded sweat-shirt, dark colored canvas Converse sneakers Sunday night.  He was also armed with some sort of dart gun.

In the Fan district near the corner of North Davis and Main, a woman walking late that night felt a pinch on her arm and realized she'd been hit with a dart.

"I've never heard of anything like that happening around here,” said Katie Adcock. “It’s so strange."

Police are investigating what type of dart the gun may have come from. Was it something like a hand gun or a blow dart gun?  They just don't know.

Alex McWhorter lives right at the corner and says he saw the police activity but paid it no mind.

"I saw the flashing lights, but it happens so frequently, I wasn't all that concerned,” McWhorter said.

It’s a definite concern, though, for Susie Hogan.  "It's not something you can defend yourself against,” said Hogan.  “I carry pepper spray.  But for someone to hit with a dart, there's not much you can do about it, you know."

Police say they're looking for a white male, between 18 and 22 years-old and about 5’10” or 5’11.”

They're asking anyone who was in that area on Sunday night around 11:45 p.m. to call if they have information.

In the meantime, Fan residents we spoke with say they'll be on the lookout.

"I walk around and go out to dinner on the weekends,” said Hogan. "I think I'll keep from being out as late from now on."

The victim was treated and released from nearby Retreat Hospital. If you have information about the crime, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.