UPDATE: Thursday, March 2 at 4 p.m.
Suspect in weekend sexual assault caught and in custody
The suspect - wanted for sexually assaulting a female victim at gunpoint at Georgia College last weekend - was caught around noon today, transported and booked into the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.
Jarvis Javion Lawrence, 20, was apprehended by Georgia College Public Safety with assistance from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Milledgeville Police Department, Georgia Department of Probation and Parole and U.S. Marshall's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Lawrence was identified as the suspect from a surveillance video, taken in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 25. GC Public Safety was notified an assault reportedly took place between 2:30 and 3 a.m. behind Bell Hall. The suspect and victim were not students at Georgia College. The victim reported she was held against her will at gunpoint, then the offender fled campus on foot northbound towards W. Thomas Street. Warrants were issued Monday, Feb. 27, for Lawrence's arrest.
The campus community was alerted of the incident on Saturday. Safety of the campus community is a top priority for Georgia College. Although an arrest has been made, GC Public Safety would like to remind everyone to still stay vigilant of their surroundings and always report any suspicious activity on or around campus.
GC Public Safety would like to thank all agencies that participated in the investigation and apprehension of Lawrence. They would also like to thank the Georgia College community for their efforts in providing tips and their continued contributions towards the safety of our campus.
Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.
Georgia College (GC) Public Safety requests the public’s help to catch a man accused of sexual assault over the weekend.
Officers identified Jarvis Javion Lawrence (photo attached) as the suspect in surveillance video from the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 25. GC Public Safety was notified of the sexual assault involving a weapon that reportedly occurred behind Bell Hall between 2:30 and 3 a.m. The female victim, who was not a student at Georgia College, reported she was held against her will at gunpoint and sexually assaulted. After the assault, the male offender fled the campus on foot northbound towards W. Thomas Street.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Jarvis Javion Lawrence, who is also not a Georgia College student. He is 20 years old, with short dreads that have red tips. Local law enforcement agencies are assisting with this active investigation.
Saturday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.
You are receiving this Campus Crime Alert as part of Georgia College’s commitment to provide campus crime information, in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Clery Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act). The Georgia College Department of Public Safety is giving notice of safety advice relating to the following reported incident.
On Feb. 25, 2017, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Public Safety was notified of a sexual assault involving a weapon that was reported to have occurred behind Bell Hall between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. The female victim, who is not a student at Georgia College, reported she was held against her will at gunpoint and sexually assaulted. After the assault, the male offender fled the campus on foot northbound towards W. Thomas Street. At this time, the male offender is unknown and is described as possibly being in his early to mid 30’s with short dreads wearing a dark color Chicago Bulls jacket and a dark backwards ball cap. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified and the case is actively under investigation.
The safety of the campus community is a top priority for Georgia College. Whether you are living on campus, in neighboring housing, or here to work, you are urged to pay special attention to safety and security precautions.
While all crimes cannot be prevented, here are some suggestions to consider:
- Use SNAP for safety escorts, phone 478-445-SNAP (7627).
- Trust your instincts;
- Walk and park in well-lighted, well-traveled areas;
- Travel in pairs;
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times;
- Know where to find emergency call boxes;
- Plan your escape route;
- Keep your car keys/residence keys in hand;
- Use the RAVE Guardian app to set a safety timer and/or notify GC Public Safety;
- Report suspicious individuals and/or activity to GC Public Safety at 478-445-4400.
If you ever find yourself in a potentially unsafe situation, you may always request an escort from GC Public Safety any time.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault,
- Find a safe environment - anywhere away from the attacker. Call 911. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you for moral support.
- Preserve evidence of the attack - don't bathe or brush your teeth. Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the attacker.
- Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, for free, confidential counseling, 24 hours a day: 1-800-656-HOPE.
- Get medical attention. Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy. To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam.
- If you suspect you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later on by a forensic lab.
- Remember it wasn't your fault.
- Know that it's never too late to call. Even if the attack happened years ago, the National Sexual Assault Hotline can still help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.
On campus, you can contact the Women's Resource Center 478-445-8156, Counseling Services 478-445-5331 or Public Safety 478-445-4400.
If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, please contact GC Public Safety at 478-445-4400. You may also report tips anonymously by using the Rave Guardian app or the Silent Witness form located at the bottom of this publication http://www.gcsu.edu/publicsafety/crime-prevention.
For more information on the Clery Act, and why you’re receiving this federally mandated Campus Crime Alert, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html.