William & Mary

Campus Safety Notice, update

Police Chief Deb Cheesebro sent the following update April 21, 2016 to her April 11, 2016 Campus Safety Notice. The original notice is below. - Ed.

Updated April 21, 2016:

Dear William & Mary community,

I am writing to inform you that Williamsburg Police were able to locate and identify the suspect in the intruder cases I reported to you in a campus message on April 11. Warrants for burglary, sexual assault, and trespassing were obtained on April 19, 2016.  The suspect, a 34 year old Williamsburg man, then surrendered himself at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail that same day.

As always, stay safe.

Deb Cheesebro

Deb Cheesebro, PhD, Chief of Police

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April 11, 2016 message:

Dear William & Mary community,

I wanted to make you aware of two incidents that occurred off campus in the City of Williamsburg over the weekend. In both cases a William & Mary student reported that an intruder entered their residence uninvited, and in one of the cases the intruder initiated unwanted physical contact, consisting of touching, with a resident inside the home. A rape was not reported. There were no signs of forced entry in either case. We were notified of both cases this afternoon.

Williamsburg Police are leading that investigation. If anyone has additional information on these cases they may contact Williamsburg Police at 757.220.2331 or William & Mary Police at 757.221.4596.

Additionally, there have been two recent reports of a female student being heckled from a passing vehicle while walking along the Richmond Rd. corridor near campus. There is no evidence these cases are connected to the ones from the weekend. While no criminal activity was reported in these most recent incidents, the encounters were enough to make the students uncomfortable.

As always, please be aware of your surroundings and if you ever feel unsafe on campus contact WMPD at 757.221.4596.

Deb Cheesebro, Chief of Police