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UVA Police Investigating Assault, Possible Hate Crime

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University of Virginia police are investigating an anti-gay attack on grounds.

UVA Police Chief Michael Gibson sent out an email crime alert to students Saturday about the assault and possible hate crime that happened Thursday night near Brooks Hall.

Investigators report the victim was walking in that area when a man struck him in the face after saying slurs based on the victim's perceived sexual orientation. 

The victim was treated for injuries at the Elson Student Health Center. 

If you know anything about this attack, university police urge you to call them at 434-924-7166.

University of Virginia Police Department
Press Release

To the University community:

The University of Virginia Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred near Brooks Hall on Nov. 15, at approximately 10:15 p.m. This crime appears to have been motivated by bias based on slurs spoken by the suspect to the victim regarding the victim's sexual orientation just moments before the assault.

The suspect, who was walking with a group of people, struck the victim in the face and then continued on foot towards the Corner. The victim was treated for injuries at Elson Student Health.

The suspect is described as a white male with light, dirty blond hair and facial hair, possibly a goatee. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 160 lbs. At the time of the incident he was wearing a t-shirt with a UVA logo and possibly a hoodie.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the University Police at 434-924-7166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the Silent Watch Program at http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html, or by email to police@virginia.edu.

Hate crimes are illegal, unacceptable, and hurt everyone in a community. Follow these Sexual-Orientation Hate Crime Prevention tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

Report hate crimes immediately to the police by calling 911 or by using one of the reporting methods listed at this link, http://www.virginia.edu/justreportit/

Don't leave an establishment with a stranger. Arrange a future date in a public place with friends.

Never agree to meet someone, in-person, you just met online.

Avoid using alcohol or drugs that can impair your judgment.

Trust your instincts. Remove yourself from unsafe situations.

Avoid walking alone and late at night.

Be aware of your surroundings when leaving a bar, meeting, or organization routinely targeted by hate groups.

Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police approved distribution of this message.

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