University Police seek suspect in nighttime assault at residence hall

October 20, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- University Police are searching for a college-age man who struck a female resident student who was exiting Thompson Hall on campus and then forced his way into the building.

The man, who is described as a black male with a shaved head, standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing dark jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt, was reported to be waiting outside the door of Thompson Hall in the West Halls area of campus, when a female resident was exiting the building at around 11:10 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 21). The suspect allegedly punched the female in the face and pushed his way into the residence hall, eventually fleeing down a set of stairs. Police were called to the scene and began combing the area. The suspect also may have been spotted near Hamilton Hall. Residence halls require access with a key card that only residents carry.

Police, who are still on the scene, are asking anyone with information about the suspect, his whereabouts or this incident to call them at 814-863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous. Those with information are also able to submit information anonymously to the Penn State University Police Silent Witness website at online.

Residents are reminded to:

-- Always lock your Residence Hall door.
-- Do not allow unescorted guests into the building.
-- Never walk alone at night-814-865-WALK.
-- Stay in well-lit areas.
-- Contact Police IMMEDIATELY if you see suspicious activity/persons. For emergencies, call 911. For University Park non-emergency calls, dial 863-1111.

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Last Updated October 21, 2011