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Charlottesville police make arrest in Riverview Park, Carlton Avenue assaults

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A man was arrested on Tuesday related to two assaults that occurred in Charlottesville last month.

Cole Robinson McNair has been charged with sexual battery for an assault near Riverview Park on May 1 and charged with assault and battery for an incident in the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue on May 12, according to the Charlottesville Police Department.

In the Riverview Park incident, McNair reportedly approached the victim, an adult female, made several statements to her, and then touched her backside.

The victim was able to shove the suspect away before the suspect fled the area on foot.

After the incident, Charlottesville Police provided extra patrols in the park. Detectives also canvassed the area for witnesses and video evidence.

There is no further information on the May 12 incident.

McNair’s age and city of residence is unknown.

Cole Robinson McNair
Cole Robinson McNair

McNair is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

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Crystal Graham

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Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.