Police search for man reported to be stalking medical student

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Roanoke area police agencies are looking for a man who has reportedly been stalking a woman.

Carilion Clinic Police say the incidents reportedly took place in the area of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

The report indicates September 27 about 7:30 p.m., a Virginia Tech Carilion student was on the Roanoke Valley Greenway when she was approached by a man she doesn't know, who started chasing her. The man tried to grab her, but she outran him to get help, and he kept running on the trail.

Shortly after noon October 9, the same woman was jogging on Reserve Avenue near Riverside Circle. The same man got out of a white SUV/crossover-type vehicle, began running to catch up with her and yelled at her. She again outran him, entering the Riverside 2 parking garage. The man stopped chasing her and ran off.

The woman describes the man as black and in his mid-40s, wearing a blue sleeveless shirt, dark shorts, running shoes and ball cap.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Roanoke Police Department (RPD) at (540) 344-8500 or the Carilion Police Department at (540) 981-7911. You can also text RPD at 274637; please begin the text with "RoanokePD" to ensure it is properly sent. Calls to (540) 344-8500 and texts can remain anonymous.

In a news release, police say, "This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly known as the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees."

Virginia Tech Police, Carilion Clinic Police and Roanoke Police remind people of the following:

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.

- Limit distracting activities like utilizing smart phone while walking.

- Travel in groups whenever possible. If not, make someone aware of where you are going.

- Call the Carilion Clinic Police and/or Roanoke City Police Department immediately to report all suspicious people and circumstances.

- Be cautious in confronting suspicious persons.

The Roanoke Police Department is offering a Women’s Safety Clinic November 4 and December 16. Click here for more information.

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