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Woman Stabbed on Bike Path Released from Hospital; Police Still Searching for Suspect

by on December 12, 2012 3:43 PM

Updated at 10:45 p.m.

The female Penn State student who was attacked as she returned home from the Arboretum at Penn State was treated at and released from the hospital earlier on Wednesday night, but her assailant is still at large. 

Police said they searched until about 7 p.m. on Wednesday for the man, using tracking dogs, helicopters and vehicle and foot patrols, but to no avail. 

The woman was attacked from behind around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, before screaming and biting the man's hand in an attempt to flee. She subsequently realized her neck was bleeding and sought help from a woman who was jogging nearby, police said. 

Police are asking anyone that may have information about the man who attacked the Penn State student today call 9-1-1 immediately or can report a tip anonymously via Centre County Crimestoppers 1-877-99-CRIME or by emailing

Updated at 5:05 p.m.

Police are still searching for the man who cut the throat of a woman in a knife incident that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on a bike path near Vairo Boulevard, Ferguson Township Police Chief Diane Conrad said Wednesday.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the woman is a Penn State grad student but Conrad would not identify either individual involved in the incident. It is unknown if the woman knew her assailant, according to police. She was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment. 

The suspect is a 5-foot-8 white male with facial hair and is wearing black clothing, a backpack and possibly a gray sweatshirt. Conrad added that one person has reported the facial hair is a beard with a point. He was last seen traveling northeast.

All local police departments are still searching for the man. Police have set a perimeter, and helicopters and tracking dogs are assisting with the search. State police and the National Guard have also helped, Conrad said.

Police are asking residents near the area to remain in their homes and lock their doors.

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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