Police Investigate Reported Abduction, Assault of UVA Student
Police at the University of Virginia are investigating a reported abduction and assault.
A statement from police says a student says she was attempting to hail a cab along Rugby Road around 2:30 Sunday morning when a car pulled over and she got in. The car then continued driving past her residence - when the driver locked the doors and attempted to assault her.
The student was able to kick the suspect and get out of the car.
Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Email from University of Virginia Police
To members of the University community:
A University of Virginia student has reported to University officials that she was abducted and assaulted on Feb. 17, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Using the JustReportIt system, the student reported that she was near 513 Rugby Road trying to hail a cab when a car pulled over and she got in. The car drove away and began driving her toward her Alderman Road residence. Instead of pulling over, the car continued in the direction of Observatory Hill and pulled to the side of the road near Kellogg House. The driver locked the doors and attempted to assault her. The student was able to kick the suspect and flee from the vehicle.
University of Virginia Police would like to remind students that while the Charlottesville area is considered to be safe, bad things can and do happen. Below are a few key safety reminders that should be a part of your routine as you travel on Grounds and in the surrounding community.
Please do not walk alone after dark. If you have no choice, call a friend before venturing out to let her or him know what route you are taking.
Please do not get into a car unless you know the driver.
Please do not get into a taxi unless you are sure it is a registered taxi with a meter.
Please get involved. If you see a fellow student in need of help, offer it. Do not leave an incapacitated student alone, whether or not you know her or him. If you cannot offer immediate assistance, call 911.
Please rely on University Police if you are in distress or believe you are in danger. If you have been drinking, are not able to travel on your own, and/or feel vulnerable or threatened, call 911 immediately. Never hesitate to contact University Police. We are trained to help students and we would prefer that you call us, even if the situation turns out not to be dire.