Police investigating new indecent exposure incident

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State University Police are investigating an indecent exposure incident that occurred in the early morning hours Thursday (Dec. 16) in a University Park residence hall.

The incident occurred between 1-1:30 a.m, on the fourth floor of Runkle Hall, in the area of North Halls. The actor is described as a light-skinned, college-age male who was wearing a black knit ski hat that revealed only his eyes and mouth. He was wearing dark clothing, including athletic pants, a cotton shirt and lightweight jacket.

Police have been investigating a number of indecent exposure incidents occurring on campus since August 2009, with similar descriptions of the actor(s). Police believe this most recent incident is related.

In the other reported incidents, the alleged perpetrator also has been described as a college-age, light-skinned male, with dark hair. He has been dressed in a variety of clothing and has attempted to conceal his identity by wearing a mask.

University Police ask that people report any suspicious behavior by calling 814-863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME. People providing information may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Callers may remain anonymous or may visit the Penn State University Police Silent Witness website at http://www.police.psu.edu/witness/ online.

Police have instituted extra patrols around campus and remind students to not allow others to “piggyback,” or follow them into buildings without a key.

University Police also remind the community to:

  • -- Always lock residence hall doors;
  • -- Never walk alone at night;
  • -- Stay in well-lit areas; and
  • -- Use 865-WALK the Security Escort Service.
To report suspicious people anywhere on or near campus, call University Police at 814-863-1111 or 911 immediately.
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Last Updated May 24, 2011