Civic League warns residents after woman is attacked in Freemason


by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 6:00 PM

NORFOLK--The Freemason Civic League is warning residents after a woman was attacked over the weekend in one of Norfolk's safest neighborhoods.

According to Freemason Civic League spokesperson Jack Kavanaugh, the victim was grabbed and beat up while walking home alone Friday night on Tazwell Street.

Officers chased down the suspect hiding in the Pagoda Gardens.

Kavanaugh said the victim could not identify her attacker in a photo lineup, but hopes DNA testing will help solve the case.  

Police say they have a suspect in the attack but no arrests have been made.

Most people told 13New Now they feel safe walking around in Freemason and said they found the news startling.

"You wouldn't expect it in this sort of area, it looks very peaceful and quiet," said resident Masha Singh.

Cheryl Sharp describes Norfolk as a good walking city.  "We need to keep it safe for people who are walking, biking or moving from point a to point b."

Kavanaugh said a car was also stolen over the weekend in the 300 block of College Place and someone broke into a car on Freemason Mews.

Police remind everybody to lock their vehicles whether parked on the street or in backyard parking spaces.