Security Alert from University Police/Charlottesville

July 8, 2009 — To all members of the University community:

Charlottesville Police responded to a robbery incident that occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 7, 2009. Three suspects entered a residence on Price Avenue (near Maury Avenue) holding two victims at gunpoint while demanding money. The first victim, a U.Va. student, was struck in the face, suffering minor injuries. The second victim, a Charlottesville resident, was not injured. The suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspects are described as black males between the ages of 18 and 22. The first suspect is described as having a lean build, approximately 5'9" weighing 160 lbs. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black T-shirt and faded blue jeans. The second suspect is described as having a slightly heavy build. The third suspect is described as 6'1", weighing between 220 and 240 lbs.

Anyone having information related to this incident should call the Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

While the weather can be warm and members of the community are tempted to keep doors and windows open and unlocked - the University Police want to issue a few key safety reminders.

Charlottesville remains a relatively safe environment; however, crimes do occur in our community. The best defense is to be prepared and take responsibility for your own safety. A few key reminders:

* Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are home.

* Close your drapes and/or shades to prevent others from seeing inside your residence.

* Trust your instincts about a person or situation. If you feel uncomfortable, immediately report your concerns to police by calling

* Be aware of your surroundings. Don't let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when walking or in a situation that calls for your full attention.

* Avoid isolated areas when walking alone at night. Use SafeRide (434-242-1122), walk with friends, or use the bus service.