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Penn State Police Investigate Reported Kidnapping

by on January 28, 2014 5:37 PM

Penn State police are investigating a reported kidnapping that occurred on campus in the early morning hours last Saturday.

The victim, who is a female Penn State student, did not tell police about the incident until Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the abduction happened at 1 a.m. on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall. Investigators say that a dark colored sedan stopped and a man got out.

He reportedly grabbed the woman, and forced her into the rear of the vehicle. The car drove south on Shortlidge Road to College Avenue and continued to an off campus location, where the victim was forced out of the vehicle.

The woman reportedly told police the occupants of the vehicle tried to indecently assault her but she was able to escape on foot.

The suspects are described as college-aged men wearing hooded sweatshirts with scarves covering their faces.

A statement released by police says, "It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the University community. It is the duty of the institution to warn of possible "dangerous conditions" on or near the campus, and at affiliate organizations off campus; an "affirmative duty" exists to warn persons associated with this University of possible peril at the hands of some third party or parties."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-111. Click HERE to make an anonymous report.

You can also submit tips to Centre County Crimestoppers by email at Information that leads to an arrest may make you eligible for a reward of as much as $1,000.

Police are asking people to always follow the following guidelines:

  • 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


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