CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Update 09/20/2018 at 5:25 p.m.:

The suspect has been identified as Jowell Travis Legendre, age 29, a resident of Louisa County. He was arrested this evening in Fluvanna County and charged with the following offenses: Object Sexual Penetration; Forcible Sodomy; Robbery; Grand Larceny; and Credit Card Larceny.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have information related to this case please call CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.


The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a reported robbery and sexual assault near the University of Virginia.

A female UVA student says she was near the intersection of Grady Avenue and 14th Street on Wednesday night when an unknown man attacked her. She says he sexually assaulted her and fled the scene with her wallet.

The suspect was described as a black male approximately 5’10”, wearing a red shirt. Police have released an image of the suspect from video footage.

Police ask you to call Crime Stoppers at call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 if you have information about this case.


Charlottesville Police Department Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On September 19, 2018 at approximately 9:33 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred in the area of the 500 block of 14th Street NW.

Once officers made contact with the victim, they discovered that she had been hit in the face and sexually assaulted. The suspect took multiple items belonging to the victim. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 5’10”, wearing a red shirt. Investigators responded to the scene and are still actively investigating the incident.

The victim is a student at the University of Virginia, and the suspect is not known to the victim. During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained video footage of the suspect. If you know this person or have any information related to this case, please call CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.


University of Virginia Community Alert

Date and Time of Incident: 9/19/2018 at 9:33 PM

Report Type: Robbery

Reported Offense: A robbery/sexual assault was reported to University Police on September 19, 2018 at 9:55 PM. The reported incident occurred on September 19, 2018 around 9:33 PM, at 14th St. NW and Grady Ave.

A female victim reported that she was walking near the intersection of 14th Street and Grady Avenue when an unknown male physically attacked her. After physically assaulting the victim, the suspect sexually assaulted her. The suspect took the victim's wallet and fled the scene. The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating this incident.

Appearance of suspect is reported to be:

  • Race: Black or African American
  • Sex: Male
  • Height: 5'7"-5'10"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: black
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Age: mid 20's

Additional Description: Suspect is described as having "scruffy" medium length black hair, wearing a red t-shirt with white letters, blue jeans and sneakers.

The University of Virginia shares this information to protect members of the University community, to promote safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur.

No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for another person's abusive or criminal conduct. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.

Safely intervene and/or call for help if you witness disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, or a violent crime. Plan in advance: discuss how you might do this in conversations with your friends, using different scenarios, when you aren't facing a potential crisis. Remember the three D's of Green Dot: Distract, Delegate, Direct.

Invite a Green Dot facilitator to your residence hall, suite, or organization to present on bystander intervention, or increase your understanding of these issues by inviting a peer educator from One Less or One in Four to present to your organization.

If you feel as though someone may be stalking you, ask someone who understands these issues like UPD, Office of the Dean of Students, the Women’s Center, or CAPS to help you clarify what’s going on and to develop a safety plan.

If you feel afraid, call 911 or utilize transportation resources, such as the Yellow Cab program and UPD’s Safe Ride. Put their number, (434) 242-1122 into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/parking/saferide/.

If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.

If you are being stalked, share this information with people who can help keep you safe. Use the stalking tracking form on the UVA resources website and speak to professionals to help develop a safety plan.

University (Non-Confidential) Resources: For information regarding resources and reporting options, you are encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu or at (434) 297-7988, the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at uvaeocr@virginia.edu or (434) 924-3200, the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at (434) 924-7133, or the University Police Department at (434) 924-7166. A Student Resource Guide and other information is also available on the following websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence or www.virginia.edu/uvapolice.

Prevention Tips

If possible, don’t walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is safety in numbers.

Use Safe Ride. Put their number (434-242-1122) into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/parking/saferide/

If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.

If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for - wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards, and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.

Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.

Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.

If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.

Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones – as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

Emergency/Crisis Resources (24/7):

  • Police 911
  • Sexual Assault Resource Agency (434) 977-7273
  • Shelter for Help in Emergency (434) 293-8509
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Emergency Line: (434) 972-7004
  • Dean on Call (Call UVA Police and ask for the Dean on Call): (434) 924-7166
  • UVA Emergency Department/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners: (434) 924-2231
  • Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline of Virginia: (800) 838-8238
  • Ongoing Support from Confidential Resources:
  • Department of Student Health (434) 924-5362
  • CAPS (434) 243-5150
  • General Medicine (434) 972-3915

Gynecology (434) 924-2773

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Counseling Services (434) 982-2252