William & Mary

An incident near campus

The following update was sent to the campus community July 2 at 1:27 p.m. from William & Mary Police Chief Deborah Cheesebro - Ed.

William & Mary Campus Community:

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding last night. As you were alerted to, an armed robbery occurred late in the evening July 1 near campus. When the suspect fled, he ran down Francis St. – an area adjacent to campus. I wanted to update you this morning on what we know about the investigation that is still ongoing.

While the suspect has not yet been apprehended, we have no reports of unusual activity on campus. We do ask that you remain aware of your surroundings and report anything unusual to police (x14596).

As a reminder, Williamsburg Police are looking for a male suspect who appears to be in his twenties and is approximately five feet nine inches tall with blue eyes.  The suspect could be armed. When he was last sighted he was wearing all black, including bandana and mask.

Also, please remember that William & Mary has a number of resources to help with your safety including Rave Guardian App and Campus Escort.

•            The Rave Guardian app works like an emergency "blue phone" in your pocket and has a number of additional important safety functions. One touch can connect you immediately with W&M Police, or you can send a text or photo tip. The app may be downloaded from the Emergency Management Team's website.

•             If you are out late and would like an escort back to your dorm, you may contact William & Mary Police at x14596.

Be safe out there –

Deborah Cheesebro, Chief

William & Mary Police Department



William & Mary police issued the following announcement Thursday morning -- Ed.

At approximately 11 pm on July 1st, two local residents reported that they were robbed and abducted by a male subject with a handgun. Suspect was wearing all black, including bandana and mask, and appeared to be in his twenties, with blue eyes.  He was about five feet nine inches tall.  The suspect fled on foot, in the area of the William and Mary bookstore, toward Francis Street.  At this time, the suspect has not been apprehended.  Use caution, and be aware of your surroundings and contact police if you notice any suspicious activity that may be related to this incident.