Charlottesville police are investigating reports of a pair of early morning robberies targeting University of Virginia students.
The first happened in the 400 block of 15th Street NW around 2:45 Saturday morning. Police say a man confronted a 26-year-old female student as she was walking along the street. He snatched her purse and ran off to a light-colored car waiting nearby. The woman was not injured.
Approximately 30 minutes later, police were called to the 200 block of 14th Street NW. A 19-year-old UVA student reported being attacked and robbed by three men. That victim was treated for minor injuries at UVA Medical Center.
No weapons were used in the robberies.
If you know anything about these robberies, call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Charlottesville Police Department Press Release - 2 Early Morning Robberies
Approximately 2:45 AM this morning in the 400 block of 15th St., N. W. officers investigated a reported robbery of a 26 yr old UVA student. The student was walking north on 15th St. when confronted by an African American male demanding the purse, not complying, the suspect physically took the purse and content. The suspect then fled to the awaiting light colored car that was last seen traveling in a northerly direction. No further description of the vehicle and the suspect is described as being approx 6 foot tall. The victim did not sustained any injuries during the incident.
Approximately 3:12 AM this morning in the 200 block of 14th St., N. W. officers investigated a reported strong arm robbery of a 19 yr old UVA student. The student was assaulted and robbed of a wallet and other personal items. The victim was treated and released from the UVA Medical Center. The suspects were described as 3 African American males ranging in height of 5'8 to 6'0 ft.
Both cases have similarities. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.
Lt. Ronnie Roberts Public Information Officer Charlottesville Police Dept.
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