Update: Knife assault on wooded University property, away from campus

December 13, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The investigation continues into the knife assault of a woman on the bike trail yesterday afternoon by a suspect who is still at large. After revisiting the scene with the victim, police have confirmed that the trail between Sunset Park and the Penn State Arboretum -- about 2 miles from central campus --  is part of Penn State's property, and the Penn State University Police will now be leading the investigation. Initially, it was believed that the assault took place in Ferguson Township. Police are conducting additional canvassing of the areas where the assailant was seen or is believed to have possibly traveled. Additional information about the assailant follows: white male wearing all black clothing; black puffy jacket; black knit hat and carrying a black backpack; unknown facial hair.

Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen a person matching the description(s) between noon and 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Arboretum, Sunset Park, Curtin Street, Big Hollow Road, East Aaron Drive or Vairo Boulevard. Additionally, anyone traveling along Oakwood Avenue, Colonnade Boulevard or the Woodycrest area between 2:45 and 7:30 p.m. who may have seen a person who fits the description above are asked to come forward.

Police also would like to speak with an unidentified male jogger, who was in the area of the attack at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The suspect is thought to have a wound on his hand from being bitten by the victim. The victim, a graduate student, was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center where she received treatment and was released.

Anyone with information should contact Penn State University Police at (814) 863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME.*
(*People providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000).

Anonymous tips can be submitted at: http://www.police.psu.edu/witness/ .

University Police would like to remind the community of the following safety tips:

-- Be aware of your surroundings at all times; remain alert.
-- Do not walk alone. Use the Security Escort Service by calling (814) 865-9255.
-- If you see suspicious persons anywhere on or near campus, call University Police at 814-863-1111 or 911 immediately!


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Last Updated December 13, 2012