Suspicious person harrasses students

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September 13, 2010

10:38 PM

Two recent reports of a suspicious person on the College of William and Mary campus have prompted administrators to ask students to be on the lookout.

According to an e-mail sent to the College community by Vice President for Administration Anna Martin, two female students reported harassment by a suspicious individual.

“There have been two recent reports of a male suspect confronting female students with lewd behavior or gestures,” Martin said. “Both incidents occurred on campus. The most recent incident occurred on the Dupont bridge.”

While the e-mail did not specify the suspect’s actions, Martin said that both students were unharmed after their encounters. The William and Mary Police Department said that the suspect is a black male in his 40s, possibly with a goatee and driving a tan sedan.

“If you see a person meeting the following description, or experience anything suspicious, call the William and Mary Police at 757-221-4596 immediately,” Martin said. “If possible, attempt to get a license plate number.”

The two recent reports are not the only instances of harassment against College students this year. Four students were robbed on the 1300 block of Mt. Vernon Ave. Aug. 23. Martin said that, given the recent activity, students at the College should be cautious.

“My purpose in writing is two-fold. First, it is to caution you that there may be someone in the Williamsburg area who is approaching young women and acting in an inappropriate manner,” she said. “Second, please be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone whenever you can, especially at night. If you are on campus, remember you may call the ESCORT service at 1-3293.”

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