W&M Police Chief Warns of ‘Suspicious’ Incidents on Campus

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After several reports of a man trying to lure women into his car, the College of William & Mary is asking its student body to be vigilant.

W&M Police Chief Deb Cheesebro sent an email to staff and students Monday afternoon that detailed the latest incident, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday in the area of the Green & Gold Village near William & Mary Hall.

Cheesebro said Friday’s report mirrored others called in over the summer, all of which describe a black man in his 40s – sometimes described as balding, missing some teeth and with a strong southern accent – who offers rides to women or waves them toward his parked car.

The man has not exited his vehicle, Cheesebro said. Descriptions of the car vary.

“None of the reports suggest that the subject exhibited any aggressive behavior, but the circumstances described are certainly suspicious,” she said. “I encourage you to be aware of your surroundings and to not approach any unknown vehicle in these circumstances.”

Anyone with information about these or other similar incidents should contact William & Mary Police at 757-221-4596.