College student attacked, robbed

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October 30, 2007

2:08 AM

**Incident occured on Jamestown Road after a dorm party**

A female College student was assaulted and robbed on Jamestown Road while walking home from a party in Jamestown South at 2:13 a.m. Oct. 27.

p. The suspect approached the student on the right side of the street and first asked where the party was taking place.

p. He then proceeded to steal the student’s purse, injuring her face and arm in the process. The student’s injuries were not serious.

p. The suspect, a black male, is thought to be about 5’9” and in his early 20s.

p. At the time of the incident, the victim reported the suspect as wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a knit hat with a brim.
Since the assault and robbery occurred beyond College property, the Williamsburg Police Department has been handling the investigation.

p. According to a Williamsburg police representative, 12 assaults and robberies occur each year on average.

p. Of those incidents, the number of robberies that actually involve College students are few.

p. “All suspects meet three criteria: the ability, the desire and the opportunity,” the representative said. “We cannot change the ability or the desire, but as citizens we can avoid giving them the [opportunity] to commit the crime.”

p. To prevent robberies, the Williamsburg Police Department suggests being smart in one’s decisions and always traveling in groups.

p. “Avoid being by yourself out late at night,” the representative said. “If you see something suspicious, don’t be afraid to call the police department.”

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