We often receive tips from readers sharing their experiences. This time we heard from Anna. Anna wrote to us about an extremely concerning event: an older man stalking an 18-year-old in the Fairmount neighborhood. Realizing this event happened a while back your first question might be: “Why are we just hearing about this now?” Anna’s submission went directly to our spam folders. If you send us something and we don’t respond make sure and follow up with us. Also, we’d like to remind you about the many ways you can send us tips:
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On 8/13/18, a middle-aged white male was seen circling the block at least 17 times in the Fairmount area across from the playground and near the pool. He has white hair, heavy set, and was wearing a salmon colored, collared shirt. He was driving a small, light green SUV. He was stalking a teenaged girl who was caring for a baby and just happened to be outside on a walk. Thank goodness for the kindness of neighbors who stepped in and helped this girl and child until the police arrived. They were able to give a good enough description and get a photo of the vehicle so that the police were able to stop him. The police questioned him and he said he was looking to solicit a prostitute. This all happened between about 3:30pm and 4:15pm. According to the police, he was just arrested in June for soliciting in the same area and is from Henrico County. Please be aware of your surroundings and be careful!
Another instance in the Church Hill Neighborhood group involved an Uber driver:
Lt. Ken Roane from the 1st Precinct Richmond Police shares some tips for safety:
Ways to Increase Your Personal Safety
1. Reduce or eliminate opportunities that may make you a target.
2. Increase awareness in places where you’re most comfortable.
3. Trust your instincts even if you feel embarrassed.
4. Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind.
• Be AWARE of your surroundings at all times and trust your INSTINCTS.
• Stay in well lit, populated pathways. Avoid shortcuts.
• Travel in groups. There’s always safety in numbers.
• Walk with your head upright. Make eye contact. Thieves often target victims who are not paying attention to their surroundings or who are looking down.
• Pay attention to your surroundings when using electronics on the streets and buses. Don’t TUNE yourself out. DON’T WALK AND TEXT.
• Don’t display electronics when not in use. Avoid becoming a victim of “Apple Picking.”
• Change the color of your earphones from “White” to any other color. White earphones usually indicate that you have an APPLE DEVICE which is an attractive target for thieves.
• Avoid traveling through parks after dark.
• Before entering your apartment building, have your keys ready. Don’t hold doors for anyone whom you don’t know.
If you are in danger or actvely witnessing a crime call 911. If you simply have a tip on a crime that has been committed you can contact crime stoppers.
Contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or online at www.7801000.com. You can also use the P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
You can also contact Lieutenant Ken L. Roane at:
Richmond Police Department
1st Precinct, Sector 111
2501 Q. Street
Richmond, Va. 23223