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Posted on: January 12, 2024

CPD Makes Arrest in Rivanna Trail Case

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 January 19, 2024

CPD Makes Arrest in Rivanna Trail Case


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On January 18, 2024, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Charlottesville resident, Patrick McNamara, was charged with Assault and Battery for an incident that occurred on January 12, 2024, on the Rivanna Trail in the City of Charlottesville.

McNamara was taken into custody without incident. This investigation remains ongoing as our officers look into other reports and evidence pertaining to this case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (434) 977-4000.

Patrick McNamara

CPD Seeks Information in Reported Assault (Original Release, January 12, 2024)


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On January 12, 2024 at approximately 10:00 a.m., CPD responded to a report of a female who had been assaulted on the Rivanna Trail between Riverview Park and Free Bridge. 

Officers quickly arrived and began searching for a suspect, but were unable to locate one.  A second call came in at approximately 2:40 p.m. reporting a second victim who had been assaulted near the same location one hour prior to the initial call. Neither victim sustained any physical injury.  The suspect in both incidents is described as a thin white male, 20 or 30 years of age, approximately 6’2” in height. He was described as wearing a brown puffy jacket in one incident and black pants and a sweatshirt in the second. Witnesses say he may have been wearing over-the-ear headphones as well.

Our officers have been providing additional patrols on the trails throughout the day, which will continue through the weekend. If you have information regarding either case, please call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (434) 977-4000.

Media Contact
Kyle Ervin
Public Information Officer
City of Charlottesville
(434) 326-3043

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