November 9, 2012
The following is a press release from Charlottesville Police:
Charlottesville Police are investigating an abduction that occurred Thursday night around midnight in the 2200 block of Stadium Road. A 19 year old female UVA student was walking on Stadium Road when she noticed a vehicle that appeared to be following her. The vehicle then stopped and the lone occupant got out of the vehicle and ran toward the victim. The suspect then grabbed the victim and tried to pull her to his vehicle.
The victim fought her attacker to the point that he finally gave up, returned to his vehicle and left the area.
The victim immediately called 911 and gave a description of the attacker and the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on Interstate 64 at Exit 120 by Charlottesville Police officer Joey Lewis and the occupant was subsequently arrested.
Charlottesville Police have charged 26 year old Matthew Rene Beaulieu with Abduction with the intent to defile, a class 2 felony. Mr. Beaulieu is being held without bond in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Complex.
The victim told Charlottesville Police detectives that representatives from the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) had recently conducted training at her sorority house on how to react in the case of an attempted sexual assault. The victim credits this training with helping her to escape the suspect.
The victim received minor scrapes and bruises in the attack.