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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Rape Reported off Oakway Road

On August 17 at 5:17 a.m., police responded to report of an unknown problem after a female called 911 and the line was disconnected. The victim called back and reported being raped by a male she did not know in the 200 block of Oakway Center.


The suspect is described as a male adult with "tannish skin,” wearing a black, wide-brimmed hat, a dark medical face mask, a black sleeveless shirt, and dark jeans, and riding a bicycle


This case has been forwarded to VCU for investigation.


If anyone has suspect information, they are asked to contact the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111.



GENERAL PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times

  • Do not get into someone’s car even if they display a weapon. It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help.

  • Walk confidently and don’t avoid eye contact

  • Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.

  • Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.

  • If you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 9-1-1

  • If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible.

  • Use the buddy system when walking after dark. You should know the person you are walking with well enough to trust them.

  • Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other places where attackers can conceal themselves


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