ODU alerts students to Sunday morning assault and robbery

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 6:58 AM

NORFOLK-- Old Dominion University alerted students Monday night about an assault and robbery that happened on the campus early Sunday morning. 

According to the alert, the student belatedly reported he was beaten and robbed around 1 a.m. Sunday morning while walking in the 1200 block of 43rd Street near the parking garage at the Ted Constant Center.
 
The victim said that  two men approached him and the three exchanged words, which then escalated into the assault.  The victim was punched and kicked, knocked to the ground and had his book bag taken.

The student sought medical treatment for his injuries Monday from Student Health Services, where he was treated and released.

The suspects were described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old,  and a light skinned black male also 25 to 35 years old.

The student could not provide any additional description of the attackers.

The assault and robbery comes on the heels of a shooting near the campus early Saturday morning.

Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound at 41st Street and Killam Avenue around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a police spokeswoman.

Police said Monday they were still investigating and no arrests have been made.

A spokesperson with ODU said an alert wasn't sent because it didn't pose a threat to students. 

Some students told 13News Now they would have liked information about the shooting since it happened so close to campus.

When asked about the measures ODU is taking to educate students about previous criminal activity in the area and keeping students safe, they issued the following statement:

We do education with students during orientation over the summer, in the residence halls, with student groups and throughout the year.

Our police and student engagement departments give specific presentations and our officers also work informally throughout the year talking with students on campus, in the residence halls, etc.  We also do a presentation with parents during orientation as well, as they can help us in safety efforts.  Beyond crime issues, we also talk with our students about making good choices with alcohol, parties, etc., and how that can lead to a better and more successful college experience.

There was a noticable increase in security on campus Monday.

 

ODU ALERT:

An Old Dominion University student has belatedly reported he was the victim of an assault and robbery which occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, while walking in the 1200 block of 43rd Street.
The victim stated two males approached him and the three exchanged words, which then escalated into an assault and robbery. The victim was punched and kicked, knocked to the ground and had his book bag taken. The student sought medical treatment for his injuries today from Student Health Services, where he was treated and released.
The suspects were described as (1) white male, 25 to 35 years old and (1) light skinned black male also 25 to 35 years old. The victim could not provide any additional description of the assailants.
The campus community is reminded to take safety precautions to keep yourself and your colleagues safe.
*Report aggressive or suspicious behavior to the police immediately.
*Limit your alcohol. Too much alcohol impairs your judgment.
*Utilize the university escort service, and Safe Ride service.
*Remain aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs, and choose well lit areas.
Additionally, the university has extended both the hours and the routes of its campus shuttle system. Students, faculty and staff are urged to utilize this service especially in the late evening hours. More details about the shuttle service are available at the Transportation and Parking Services web site .

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