NNPD voice public safety concern following sexual assault

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police said they are “deeply concerned” for community safety after a woman reported a sexual assault and robbery in the Oyster Point area of Newport News.

According to police, around 5:30 Friday morning, a woman called to report that a man with a gun told her to go inside her home, then raped and robbed her, before leaving in an unknown direction.

Police have not said exactly where the attack happened, but a source told 10 On Your Side it was near Waterman’s Crossing luxury apartments. Staff there declined to comment on the investigation. Police patrolled the area Friday evening.

Resident Deborah McNeal said police came around asking neighbors for information earlier in the day.

“We heard that…an incident had gone down, but we weren’t sure exactly what it was, but they said that we should let them know if we saw anything or heard anything,” McNeal said.

Officers said the suspect had a black and silver gun. He is described as a 6’1 heavyset black male, with a short haircut and short goatee. Police said he was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt over a multi-colored shirt with black shorts and black and white high top Nike shoes.

“It makes me nervous, but you know, these things do happen. They do occur, so we just want to be extra careful. We want to be sure we always have our keys, we always have something to fight back, and we’re always aware that there could be danger,” McNeal said.

Police said the victim did not know the suspect. They urge anyone who sees someone matching the suspect’s description to call 911.

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