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VSU student says mystery man broke into her apartment, made sexually explicit comments

Posted at 8:05 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 20:10:40-05

ETTRICK, Va. -- A student at Virginia State University says a man broke into her off campus apartment while her roommates were sleeping.

VSU student Labrae Hazelwood can't get the frantic call out of her head. The call was from one of her roommates saying a man broke into their apartment and made sexually explicit comments to her roommate as he stood over her bed.

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“She said she heard him walking around our apartment and then he went in my room which was unlocked," said Hazelwood.

Hazelwood said VSU police and three Chesterfield officers came out, but she's upset at how she thinks it's been handled overall.

“Nobody questioned her, nobody asked for a summary of events, are you okay, just kind of searched and said make sure doors are locked,” Hazelwood said.

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Two days later another bizarre incident occurred when Hazelwood’s roommate returned home to find their door unlocked. This was after the complex changed the locks.

She says VSU police took no official report on that either and sent no alert about either incident.

Hazelwood says the response makes her feel even more unsafe. “I feel like they're trying to sweep this under rug, brush it off like it doesn’t matter or it wasn't a serious situation.”

CBS 6 wanted to know the protocol for sending out an alert so we went to the VSU police department, but no one would talk to us and sent us to a representative of the university.

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Spokesperson Tom Reed said VSU officers who initially responded found ‘no evidence of forced entry’ and officers were not told about a man being in the apartment or making sexual remarks.

A formal report was not done. That happened three days later. The same day we contacted VSU about the situation.

CBS 6 asked for an updated response after that meeting, and Reed responded, "Because this is an ongoing investigation we are reserving any further comment."

Reed said VSU police are working with the apartment complex on this investigation. They are still trying to determine what all happened in the alleged break in.

As for not sending a student alert, Reed said the school only does that when they deem there to be a clear, imminent danger.