UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Police are seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed an armed robbery of two women in the area of the Nittany Lion Shrine on Thursday, Oct. 6, off Curtin Road on the University Park campus.
At around 10:05 p.m., two female students stopped at the shrine to take pictures. As one woman posed near the statue, the other began to take her photograph. One male approached the woman on the lion statue from behind and told her to get on the ground, while a second male allegedly pointed a handgun at the other female and demanded she also get on the ground. The pockets of the victims' clothing was then search by the two males, described as black and college age. The victims, who did not have any money, then surrendered their jewelry, cell phones and camera to the robbers, who fled on foot in the direction of the Nittany Lion Inn.
University Police were called to the scene by a woman and her daughter who were walking in the area. Police combed the area, the parking deck, the Nittany Lion Inn and the neighboring College Heights area.
The suspects are described as dark-skinned African-American males wearing dark sweatshirts and jeans. The first suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall with a slender build wearing a dark baseball cap which he was wearing backward, and a dark lanyard hanging from his left front pants pocket. The second suspect, who was believed to be holding a gun, is described as being between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches, with a stocky build and possible facial hair in a mustache and goatee.
Anyone with information about the suspects or the incident should contact University Police at 814-863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME, or visit the Penn State University Police Silent Witness Web Site at http://www.police.psu.edu/witness/form.shtml online.