Students assaulted near UVa. campus
University of Virginia officials are urging students to protect themselves and their friends after a string of recent assaults, the Associated Press reports.
Dean of Students Allen Groves said in a memo on U.Va.’s website that two female students were assaulted in incidents on Sept. 17 and Sept. 19 in neighborhoods near the university. He said police have reason to believe that the male perpetrator apparently “blends in well with the student community” and may have been observing the women and waiting for the opportunity to attack.
Groves said the third incident involved a man jumping out of a vehicle and punching a male victim on Sept. 18. Authorities believe the attack was motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation.
Police in Prince George's County and at the University of Maryland have beefed up patrols near the campus after a rash of armed robberies in August and September.
-- Staff and wire reports
Washington Post editors
| September 29, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia
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