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    Default Group commits assault, violent robbery on VCU's main campus

    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/n...ca-ar-2147611/

    RICHMOND, Va. --

    Police are searching today for a group of about 15 young people believed to have punched one passerby and robbed and beaten another in rapid succession on Virginia Commonwealth University's main downtown Richmond campus.

    Neither victim was seriously injured in the two attacks, which happened along Shafer Street on the Monroe Park campus about 2:55 a.m.

    VCU and Richmond police described the assailants as a group of 15 black males between the ages of 17 and 22.

    “Last night there was a tremendous amount of activity in this area between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.,” VCU Police Chief John Venuti said at a morning news conference.

    The first victim, who is not a VCU student, reported being punched without provocation by a member of the group while getting out of a vehicle at Shafer and West Grace streets.

    Moments later, the group encountered the second victim, a VCU student, at Shafer and West Franklin streets. The student told police one member of the group made a comment about his boots before he was punched in the back of the head and knocked to the ground.

    Once on the ground, the student was allegedly was told by one of the assailants, "Give me everything you've got." The student was punched again, this time in the neck, and a pack of cigarettes was stolen from his pants pocket, police said.

    The assailants were last seen heading south through Shafer Court.

    The attacks came just days after students had returned to campus for the start of the fall semester and at a time when VCU Police Chief John Venuti is undertaking several measures to increase security. Classes start today, a university spokesman said.

    “This is not the start of the semester that we were looking for,” Venuti said. “We’re constantly in the process of deploying a lot of resources to this area, in conjunction with the Richmond Police Department, to minimize the victimization of our students.”

    Venuti added that the department provides “a lot of information” to students, faculty and staff on reducing the chances of becoming a victim of a crime.

    Several students walking through campus near the sites of the attacks late Wednesday morning said they were unaware of what had happened.

    However, senior Briana Russell, a 23-year-old English major from Chantilly, said she wasn’t surprised.

    “They are obligated to report crimes and we get them almost every day,” she said. “A lot of my friends have gotten mugged or held up.”

    Freshmen roommates Justin Clary, 17-year-old from Colonial Heights, and John Navis, 18, from New Kent, also said they hadn’t seen the alert from campus officials. However, both said they had been given plenty of instruction about safety on campus, including avoiding walking around in unlit areas late at night by themselves.

    “I feel like if you’re smart around here, you don’t have to worry about anything,” said Clary, who plans to major in biology.

    The department is hiring 10 new officers, which would expand the force to 92, including some who will patrol on bicycles, and has hired G4S, a private security firm, to patrol at night in sport utility vehicles with flashing yellow lights. Venuti also is overseeing upgrades in VCU’s video surveillance capabilities on campus.

    Venuti wouldn’t say how many officers were working in the area when the attacks happened. He said staffing levels were adequate and had been increased for the campus move-in period.

    He encouraged students to avoid traveling alone, to use VCU’s security escort service and to be aware of their surroundings.

    “It’s our responsibility to protect our students regardless of what choices they make, regardless of what actions they take,” he said.

    Police are reviewing video footage that shows the suspected attackers and are asking anyone who might know them to call police.

    “Someone is going to know some of these individuals,” he said.

    Anyone with information can call VCU police at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 followed by their tip. Both methods are anonymous.

    Information leading to an arrest may result in a cash award.

    (This has been a breaking news update. Check back for more details as they become available. Read more in tomorrow's Richmond Times-Dispatch.)

    Originally posted at 4:58 a.m.

    Police were searching today for a group of about 15 young men and women believed to have committed an assault and a violent robbery in rapid succession on Virginia Commonwealth University's main academic campus in downtown Richmond.

    Neither victim was seriously injured in the two attacks, which occurred along Shafer Street on the Monroe Park campus about 2:55 a.m.

    VCU and Richmond police described the assailants as a group of 15 black males between the ages of 17 and 22.

    The first victim, who is not a VCU student, reported being punched without provocation by a member of the group while getting out of a vehicle at Shafer and West Grace streets.

    Moments later, the group encountered the second victim, a VCU student, at Shafer and West Franklin streets. The student told police one member of the group made a comment about his boots before the victim was punched in the back of the head and knocked to the ground.

    Once on the ground, the victim was told by one of the assailants, "Give me everything you've got." The victim was punched again in the neck and a pack of cigarettes was stolen from his pants pocket, police said.

    The assailants were last seen heading south through Shafer Court.

    The crimes come just days after students returned to campus over the weekend for the start of the fall semester and at a time when VCU Police Chief John Venuti is undertaking several measures to increase security.

    The department is hiring 10 new officers, which would expand the force to 92, including some who will patrol on bicycles, and has hired G4S, a private security firm, to patrol at night in sport utility vehicles with flashing yellow lights. Venuti also is overseeing upgrades in VCU’s video surveillance capabilities on campus.

    Anyone with information can call VCU police at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 followed by their tip. Both methods are anonymous.

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    Good thing campus gun bans were around to stop this from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloomrender View Post
    Good thing campus gun bans were around to stop this from happening.
    An unarmed victim is a helpless victim when it comes to groups.

    As for the police, the respond to crimes after they happen, they rarely stop them from happening.

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    Was not surprised as to what ethnicity these teens were.

    It is fucking pitiful. They keep on blaming everyone else for the wrongs in their life while it is entirely their fault and the fault of their people. They are given opportunities again and again and yet they chose to neglect it because they feel something is owed to them.

    I work full time and go to collage for which I pay on my own. I hate it when these assholes say that the life is too hard for them while the rest of us try to make the ends meet without screwing things up for other people. I just don't see how smoking pot all day long and waiting for a welfare check is that difficult.

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    I guess I'm not very social. I'd have a hard time organizing a large group of people all of whom are willing to assault and rob random people.

    I might be able to find one person, if I tried hard enough, but that's pushing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaratican View Post
    I guess I'm not very social. I'd have a hard time organizing a large group of people all of whom are willing to assault and rob random people.

    I might be able to find one person, if I tried hard enough, but that's pushing it.
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    I laugh at your video, but more so I find the video very interesting.
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    if you are a real man you can fistfight down a bunch of 15 guys.

    if you are a pussy u need a gun
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    What a racist newspaper to be reporting the race of the assailants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshhaaoo View Post
    What a racist newspaper to be reporting the race of the assailants.
    Being able to distinguish colors is now a racist act? Being descriptive is racist? They didn't say a group of 15 nigs, they said black males.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlek View Post
    Was not surprised as to what ethnicity these teens were.

    It is fucking pitiful. They keep on blaming everyone else for the wrongs in their life while it is entirely their fault and the fault of their people. They are given opportunities again and again and yet they chose to neglect it because they feel something is owed to them.

    I work full time and go to collage for which I pay on my own. I hate it when these assholes say that the life is too hard for them while the rest of us try to make the ends meet without screwing things up for other people. I just don't see how smoking pot all day long and waiting for a welfare check is that difficult.
    And that is why I have a problem with most black people and have no shame in sharing it.

    However that is not why I replied, I'm amazed at how easily some people in this thread got trolled by such obvious troll posts.


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    Good thing campus gun bans were around to stop this from happening.
    Like this reply for example, anyone can see this was just a joke or a blatantly obvious troll comment.... Well anyone but EE.

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    What a racist newspaper to be reporting the race of the assailants.
    Then you get this, I mean I don't think you can make your trolling/sarcasm any more obvious than this(besides the one above). Yet somehow someone bites.



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    I'm so proud of my college and city. This kind of thing happens frequently around here.
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    Ironically this crap never seems to happen in Philly.

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    oh look my university is on the front page of forumfall !


    It seems like every week we get an alert from VCU police about a robbery happening downtown. I don't think anyone has gotten hurt yet.

    Although, VCU is expanding rapidly and buying as much real estate as it can in the areas surrounding VCU.

    Hopefully in the future the campus and the area around it will get a little better. You won't have any problems during the day as most of this stuff happens in the night when nobody is around. The city is really busy during the day, you can find students and residents everywhere, as well as cops patrolling.




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