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RICHMOND, Va. – Early Thursday morning, Richmond Police responded to a home in the Carver neighborhood for a report of a home invasion, robbery and sexual assault.

Virginia Commonwealth University issued an alert to students that the crime had been reported.

According to the alert, the survivor was inside their residence in the 800 block of Catherine Street, at approximately 3 a.m. on Dec. 15,  when an armed male appeared inside of the home. Police said he reportedly entered through an unlocked door.

The suspect assaulted the survivor, took personal belongings and eventually left the residence in an unknown direction. Richmond Police received the report a few hours after the incident occurred.

Richmond and VCU Police officers thoroughly searched the area and have significantly increased patrols in the neighborhood. The Richmond Police Department is leading the investigation.

The suspect was described as a male young in age and thin in build, approximately 5’10” in height and wearing all dark clothing.

Students, faculty, staff and citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to police immediately.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the Richmond Police Department at (804) 646-5100 or 911 in the event of an emergency.

For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.