Penn State Police Check Surveillance Video, Increase Night Patrols After Reported Abduction
Penn State police continue to investigate the reported abduction of a student, in part by checking surveillance video. Police have also increased nighttime patrols.
"We have devoted all available resources to finding the suspects," Tyrone Parham, chief of police at University Park, said in a prepared statement. "We also ask that anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to please contact us as soon as possible."
Police are checking to see if surveillance cameras captured any part of Saturday's incident. Additionally, police have increased uniformed patrols on campus at night.
"We also have added additional auxiliary officers and escort staffing through the weekend, and urge people to call upon these resources rather than walk alone at night," Parham said.
To request an escort through the University's Safe Walk service, call 814-865-WALK (9255). For a night map of the University Park campus, which shows locations of buildings that are staffed 24/7, as well as the locations of "blue light" emergency phones that connect directly with the Penn State police, click HERE.
Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation should contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111. You can also file an anonymous report by clicking HERE.
The kidnapping reportedly happened about 1 a.m. Saturday on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall in the south central portion of campus. The incident was reported to authorities Tuesday.
The suspects, who were not known to the victim, are described as college-aged men of average height and weight, wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts and scarves covering their faces.
The victim, a student, reported that a dark colored sedan traveling south on Shortlidge Road stopped and a man exited the vehicle, grabbed her off the sidewalk and forced her into the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled south on Shortlidge Road to College Avenue. The vehicle continued off campus to an unknown location where the victim was forced out of the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle attempted to indecently assault the victim, but the victim was able to escape on foot.
Police urge members of the campus community to:
-- Use the buddy system and walk with a friend or use the Safe Walk Service at 814-865-WALK (9255)
-- Report suspicious persons and activity immediately to 911 or 814-863-1111
-- Be aware of your surroundings and seek help if you feel endangered
Submit tips to Centre County Crimestoppers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of as much as $1,000.