More crimes against UVA students

A day after UVA held a press conference to address three alleged assaults on students, two more students have been the victims of a crime. According to a press release from the City, two female students were accosted on Wednesday, September 29 between 7:00 and 10:00pm by a young black man, aged 20-23, wearing a gray hoodie and dark colored jeans or pants.

In the first incident, the student was in the 1200 block of Wertland Street when she was approached by the suspect, who placed his hand on her shoulder and told her not to move. According to the release, after a "brief conversation," the nature of which has not been revealed, the suspect allowed the woman to walk away. Nearly three hours later, a second female student was not as lucky.

At 9:50pm, that student was walking in the 2100 block of 15th Street when the suspect–- who police believe is the same man–- placed what the victim believed to be a gun against her back, then forced her to walk to several ATM machines in an attempt to withdraw money. The assailant fondled the victim, took a "small amount of money," and fled, leaving the student physically unharmed on the Corner.

The suspect is a light skinned black male with a thin build and of medium height. Anyone with information on these crimes should call Crime Stoppers at 977-4000.

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@disgusted.. true, mace is a good idea. The only thing to keep in mind when using it.

Get a good "line of fire" , hold your breath, spray and RUN (still holding your breath).. if you linger, you too will be injured by the mace. Keep that in mind. It's an airborne thing, and isn't missile guided.



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Susan: For the last three years I've received these emails on a regular basis about assaults on grounds or in the Charlottesville area.

@Wahoo: That's because they are required to do so by the Clery Act.

Ever since the VA Tech Massacre, schools across the country have been doing a much better job at adhering to the Clery Act guidelines.

UVA currently has complaints pending with the Dept of Education for Clery Act (and Title IX) violations that occurred in 2004. It is in their best interest to show a recent historical pattern of compliance with these laws.


"Charlottesville Police arrested Carlton William Arnold after an investigation into two related incidents that occurred in the city on September 29, 2010 in the University Corner area. The suspect was arrested after a video of him appeared on the local media and a number of calls were then placed to the police identifying Mr. Arnold.

Mr. Arnold has been charged with:

*Abduction by Force
*Robbery with a Firearm
*Aggravated Sexual Battery
*2 Counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
*Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Arrested was:

Carlton William Arnold
DOB 09/27/82
No fixed address"

I know the issue is a perp problem and we should all feel safe anywhere, but what are these victims doing walking around alone at 1-3am?

These are supposed to be the intelligent, future leaders of our Country and corporations?

Get a grip kiddies- ââ?¬Å?smart up”!

It’s a hunting ground out there.

I would imagine that given Ms. Harrington's unsolved murder and the countless assaults/attacks throughout the community, including the campus and surrounding areas of The University, criminals feel they have free reign. When are the community and college going to come together and say "enough". This is nuts.

Wertland Street has always been an area where students are in harm's way especially at night. This due to the proximity of the "jects" which swarm with antisocial types. Robberies and assaults have been numerous over the years. Westhaven is overdue for condo conversion or some other use.

This is not new crime, or increased crime. The only thing different, I suspect, is that there is a renewed sense of cooperation between UVA and the local law enforcement. With a new leader at the university, you will now hear about THE crimes that have always been hushed up.

Jenny @ UVA - beware, another female student was held up this morning (Friday) at 1:00am....

Time for coeds to learn how to defend themselves. BUY SOME PEPPER SPRAY, LEARN HOW TO USE IT, AND KEEP IT READY WHEN YOU ARE IN DARK PLACES LATE AT NIGHT OR GOING TO A CASH MACHINE. You are not in Kansas anymore.

please can we have panic stations now? and more resources devoted to walking or cycling patrols. talking crosswalks are clever but do little to help threatened or victimized people. HarryD i never left the lab until 2 am on any given night. the city and UVA need to put their money where their mouths are and give us some infrastructure that is pro-active. guns, mace and tasers are often used against the victims