Neighbors alarmed after robbery near VCU

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-19 23:29:56-04

RICHMOND, Va.  -- Neighbors are in shock after hearing about an overnight robbery near VCU's campus.

According to VCU's alert website around 2 a.m. Saturday a male victim said he was approached by three suspects in a rear alley near the 1000 block of West Grace St.

"It's a little shocking because to me, I would never think that if I'm walking in that alley way that I'm going to get attacked or assaulted by anybody," said Pranav Trivedi who lives nearby.

The victim said one suspect punched him, knocked him to the ground then took his wallet, iPhone, and keys.

The suspects are described as black males around 5'10" and were wearing black t-shirts.

"A couple of kids came in and told me about the text and then we went to 7-Eleven and asked them," said Ray Ralph who was working nearby at the time.

Those who live in the area said the neighborhood is a particular safe one. However, they said the incident should serve as another reminder to always be careful when you are out no matter where you are.

"Hopefully they are aware of their surroundings," said Trivedi.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.