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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that happened near Virginia Commonwealth University's main campus early Saturday morning.

Police said the assault happened at an apartment in the 1000 block of Park Avenue around 3 a.m. when a male suspect walked into the unlocked residence and sexually assaulted someone living there.

Detectives said they did not receive a report of the incident until around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

That is when the university sent out an alert to students about the assault.

1000 block of Park Avenue

1000 block of Park Avenue

"It's unnerving and it's always disappointing when we get alerts like that,"  said Piper Lynch, a freshman at VCU. "It's something we have to think about as students who live in the area."

Police have not released a suspect description.

While Richmond Police are leading the investigation, VCU Police are stepping up patrols in the area.

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