Crime Alerts and Timely Warnings

This information is being provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the College and University Security Information Act, and the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act.

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a crime (occurring either on or off campus), that in the judgment of the Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the health and safety of students or staff, the Penn College Police will issue an immediate notice to students and employees. The crime alert bulletin and timely warnings will be distributed via e-mail, the Police website, and myPCT. If a possible threat exists within a specific area of the campus (e.g., residence halls), printed bulletins will also be posted in that vicinity.

Sexual Assault Reported Off Campus
Monday, April 28, 2014

A 20-year-old student reported she was sexually assaulted in her off-campus apartment on Vine Avenue early Saturday morning, April 26, 2014. The victim told the police she woke up and believes she had been sexually assaulted. She does not have any memory of the assault. The Williamsport Bureau of Police are investigating.

Students should be aware of dangerous situations they may encounter both on and off campus. You are encouraged to trust your instincts. If you find yourself in a similar situation or one in which you feel you are in danger, call a friend, a family member or the police immediately. If you have been the victim of a sexual assault and do not wish to report it to the police, you may contact the Crisis Hotline anonymously at 1-570-323-8167 for help and support. If you choose to call the police for help, it is your decision whether to have it investigated.   

Shots Fired Off Campus in 900 Block W.4th Street - Arrest Made
Sunday, April 13, 2014

On Sunday, April 13, at 2:56 a.m., a Penn College police officer heard gunshots north of campus, and a call was received at the Lycoming County 911 Center reporting the same information. The police officer encountered a 51-year-old man(non-student) claiming to have been the victim. He told the officer someone had thrown a brick through his window at 956 W. 4th Street and then fired several gunshots into his apartment. The man told the officer that he had chased another man down the street.  It was quickly determined by police that the incident did not occur as described.

Police discovered the alledged victim was wanted in Allegheny County for warrants related to possession of narcotics with the intent to deliver found, and the police found evidence of drug activity in the apartment. Several students may have been in the area at the time of the incident.  Anyone having more information are encourage to contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police at 570-327-7560 or Penn College Police at 570-321-5555. Williamsport Bureau of Police are investigating.

 College Police would like to remind students to report supicious persons or activity immediately to police by dialing 911.

Attempted Robbery of Student - UPDATED
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After and extensive police investigation and re-interview of the alleged student victim, he has admitted to making a false report about the attempted robbery. The student admitted he initially told his girlfriend he was attacked after they had an argument. She encouraged him to report the incident to the police. He told police that once she insisted he report the incident and remained with him until he did, he felt he had to continue with the false report. The student will be turned over to judicial affairs for further action.

An 18-year-old Penn College student reported being assaulted on campus Friday evening, December 13, 2013. He reported the assault to the police at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

The incident occurred approximately 10:15 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Field House. He said he was walking west towards Rose Street Commons Apartments and was approached from behind by a green 4-door car, possibly a Ford. The car stopped next to him and a black male exited the rear passenger door. The male struck him in the head and told him to “run his pockets.” The victim told police that he struck the suspect in the face with a closed fist, knocking him back. The suspect got back into the car, which was also occupied by four white males, and they drove off. The victim walked to his on-campus apartment and called police. He described the suspects as being 17 to 18 years old. The male that struck him was described as being 6 feet tall.

This incident does not appear to be related to other incidents that have occurred off campus. Penn College Police are investigating. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

Assault of Student Off-Campus
Friday, December 06, 2013

A 21-year-old Penn College student reported being assaulted off campus in Williamsport Thursday evening. He reported the assault to the police at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

The incident occurred approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West 3rd Street. He said he was walking east and was approached from behind by two black males. One of the males struck him in the head. He was able to run away and get to his off campus apartment. He described them as being 17 to 19 years old, one 6 foot 1 inch tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the other as 5 foot 9 inches tall, thin build with short hair and wearing a striped hooded sweatshirt. He told the police they yelled "run your pockets" as he was fleeing, indicating they wanted his personal property or money.

Penn College Police had stopped a group of juveniles earlier in the evening in the same area the assault took place. It is unknown if anyone from this group may have been responsible for this crime. The information and names have been shared with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

The incident is being investigated by the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Williamsport Bureau of Police at 570-327-7560 or Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

Robbery of Students Off Campus
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two 24-year-old students reported being assaulted and robbed off campus in Williamsport on Saturday, November 23 at 2:10 a.m.

The incident occurred in the 900 block of West Fourth Street while the students were walking back to their on-campus apartment. The students said they were jumped from behind by a group of five black males and assaulted. After they were assaulted the suspects took their cellular telephones and a wallet. The suspects then fled east on West Fourth Street. The only clothing description provided is the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts. The Williamsport Bureau Police are investigating.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police are also investigating a similar assault downtown in the area of Perkins and Wegmans that occurred at 1:45 a.m. It was reported the two victims in that case, one male and one female, were not students.

The Penn College Police have added additional off-campus patrols. Anyone with additional information about either of these incidents is urged to call Williamsport Bureau of Police at 570-327-7560 or Penn College Police at 570-321-5555. The Penn College Police offer escorts to and from campus.

Robbery of Student Off Campus
Sunday, November 17, 2013

A 24-year-old Penn College student reported being assaulted and robbed off campus in Williamsport Sunday afternoon. He reported the assault to police at 3:15 p.m.

The incident occurred between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. in the 800 block of School Alley while the student was walking home from campus. He said he was approached by five males and assaulted. The student said he was struck in the face and head. The five suspects are described as black males, about 5 foot 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 15 to 18 years old. The male that he was assaulted by was describe as stocky with afro-style hair. He was unable to provide any further details about the other four. A black gym bag bag and his cell phone were taken. The suspects ran east in School Alley towards Maynard Street after the assault. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Williamsport Police at 570-327-7560 or Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

Robbery of Student Off Campus
Monday, November 11, 2013

A 24-year-old Penn College student reported being assaulted and robbed off campus in Williamsport early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred between 2:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. in the 500 block of West Third Street while the student was walking home from the Cell Block. He said he was approached by three males and assaulted. The student said he was struck in the face and head. The three suspects are described as black males, about 5 foot 8 inches to 6 feet tall. He was unable to provide any further details. The student suffered minor injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Williamsport Bureau of Police at 570-327-7560 or Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

Sexual Assault Reported
Monday, November 11, 2013

A 19-year-old student reported she was sexually assaulted in a Dauphin Hall apartment by a male known to her. The sexual assault occurred Thursday, November 7, 2013 and she reported it the next day.

Students should be aware of dangerous situations they may encounter both on and off campus when giving trust to someone. You are encourage to always use the buddy system and trust your instincts. If you find yourself in a similar situation call a friend, a family member or the police. If you have been the victim of a sexual assault and do not wish to report it to the police, you may contact the Crisis Hotline at 1-570-323-8167 for help and support.

Robbery Suspects Arrested and in Custody
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two Williamsport area men alleged to have robbed a Penn College student at his apartment in the 900 block of Vine Avenue on Wednesday morning were taken into custody by Williamsport Bureau of Police Wednesday evening. Both suspects were arraigned before a district judge and committed to the Lycoming County Prison. They have been charged with robbery and numerous other related charges.

Off-Campus Apartment Robbery Reported
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Penn College student reported that he was robbed at his off-campus apartment Wednesday, at 12:30 am. The incident was reported a short time after the robbery. The student was not injured.

The student reported he answered a knock at the back door and the two suspects entered the apartment. They were described as two black males that the victim believes were at a party in the apartment over the weekend. One was described as being thin build with dark skin, 5'5" to 5'8" feet tall with long dreadlock hair, unshaven, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with yellow and gray shoes. He displayed a silver revolver pistol. The other suspect was described as being thin build with light skin with short hair and wearing sweat pants. The suspects took gaming stations, controllers and games. They fled through the rear door.

Penn College Police ask that anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident between midnight and 12:50 a.m. Wednesday to contact them at 570-321-5555 if they have any information or may have seen the two suspects before or after the crime occurred. Police also remind anyone who is a victim of a crime to report the incident to police immediately. Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident.



 

Off-Campus Robbery Reported
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Two Penn College students reported that two suspects robbed them about 9 p.m. Wednesday while they were stopped in their car near Memorial Avenue and Rose Street. The students were not injured.

The students reported the incident to Penn College Police immediately. They said they were approached by two black males. One was described as being thin build with dark skin, 5'10" to 6 feet tall with long dreadlock hair, unshaven, and wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt with gray baggy pants. He displayed a silver revolver pistol. The other suspect was described as being thin build with light skin, 6 feet tall with short hair and wearing a white T-shirt with red letters and gray baggy pants. The suspect with the revolver took cash and cell phones. 

Penn College Police ask that anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident between 8:45 and 9 p.m. Wednesday to contact them at 570-321-5555 if they have any information or may have seen the two suspects before or after the crime occurred. Police also remind anyone who is a victim of a crime to report the incident to police immediately. Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident.

Student Reports Attempted Robbery
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Penn College student reported that two suspects attempted to rob him about 10 p.m. Monday as he walked west on West Third Street in front of the Klump Academic Center. The student was not injured.

The student reported the incident to Penn College Police immediately using an adjacent callbox. He said he was approached from behind by two black males. He described the suspects as high school-aged. One, he said, wore a green hooded sweatshirt and the other wore a gray hooded sweatshirt. He said one of the suspects displayed a bb gun or a handgun, but did not point it at him, when he asked for money. Both, he said, were riding mountain bikes and rode north on Susquehanna Street after the incident.

Penn College Police ask that anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident between 9:45 and 10 p.m. Monday to contact them at 570-321-5555 if they have any information or may have seen the two suspects before or after the crime occurred. Police also remind anyone who is a victim of a crime to report the incident to police immediately.

Student Reports Attempted Robbery
Friday, December 03, 2010

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student reported that two suspects attempted to rob him about 8:30 p.m. Thursday as he walked north on the mall toward West Third Street after exiting the Keystone Dining Room. The student was not injured.

The student reported the incident to Penn College Police at 1 a.m. today. He said he was grabbed from behind by two black males. One of the suspects is described as 6 feet tall, wearing a black “puffy” coat with a gray hood and jeans. The second male is described as 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored winter coat, a black beanie cap and jeans. The second male displayed a handgun but did not point it at the student as he asked for money.

Penn College Police are asking anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to contact them at 570-321-5555.Police also remind that anyone who is a victim of a crime should report it to police immediately.

Student Reports Being Assaulted and Robbed
Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Penn College student reported being assaulted and robbed on campus early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. in the parking lot outside the Thompson Professional Development Center. The student said he was approached by someone described as a light-skinned black male, wearing a red, hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans, who was accompanied by two other black males. 

The student said he was jumped from behind, struck in the face and pulled to the ground by the assailants. The suspects took a small amount of money from the student and fled the area in an unknown direction.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

Robbery of Student Off Campus
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Penn College student reported being assaulted and robbed off campus in Williamsport late Tuesday afternoon.
 
The incident occurred at 4:45 p.m. in the 200 block of Campbell Street. The student said he was approached by a light-skinned black male, about 6 feet tall and wearing a brown or black long-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans. The student said the man struck him in the face and pulled him to the ground. Four other males then joined in the attack.
 
One of the other four suspects was described as a dark-skinned black male, about 5 feet 8 or 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds and wearing a dark-green "hoodie" under a dark jacket. The other three suspects were also described as black males. All of the suspects were thought to be about 15 to 19 years old. The victim suffered minor injuries.
 
The incident is being investigated by the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Williamsport Police at (570) 327-7560 or Penn College Police at (570) 321-5555.

Robbery Suspects Arrested and In Custody
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A man and woman alleged to have robbed a Penn College student in the 900 block of West Fourth Street on Monday were taken into custody by Williamsport Bureau of Police Tuesday evening following a brief foot chase. Police say Eugene Allen Clay and Shonique Tyshia Bush were arrested after they attempted to sell, at a local business, a laptop computer stolen during the robbery. Clay and Bush both were arraigned before a district judge and committed to Lycoming County Prison. They are charged with robbery, burglary, criminal trespass, possession of instruments of crime, terroristic threats, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Many of the stolen items have been recovered.

Robbery of Student Off Campus
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student reported being robbed at gunpoint off campus Monday evening in Williamsport.

The student was in the 900 block of West Fourth Street about 10:30 p.m., when two men approached and took the student's backpack after displaying a gun. The student was unharmed. Both assailants were described as black males. One of the men had light facial hair and was wearing a brown parka with fur around the hood. Both were last seen running north.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Williamsport Police at (570) 327-7560 or Penn College Police at (570) 321-5555.

Penn College Police have doubled patrols off campus as a result of recent crime activity in the city.

Crime Alert: Attempted Robbery of Student Off Campus
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

An attempted robbery of a Pennsylvania College of Technology student occurred off campus Tuesday evening in Williamsport.

The student was walking near the intersection of West Fourth and Grier streets about 6:30 p.m., when a man grabbed the student's backpack and attempted to steal it. The student was able to fend off the assailant, who is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, in his 30s, with a grayish goatee, wearing a black Carhart jacket, bluejeans and black shoes with a hood pulled over his head. He was last seen running north on Grier Street. The student was unharmed and did not require medical treatment.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident. Anyone with further information is urged to call Williamsport Police at (570) 327-7560 or Penn College Police at (570) 321-5555.

Penn College Student Affairs officials have contacted the student and are providing any necessary support. If any students who were not directly involved in the incident wish to speak with a counselor, they may contact the Counseling Office at (570) 327-4765.

This information is being provided to keep you informed and aware of criminal activity so that you may take any necessary precautions for your personal safety.

Students Robbed Off Campus
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were robbed at gunpoint in an off-campus incident Monday afternoon in Williamsport.

The two students were in a car that was stopped at a traffic light in the 700 block of West Fourth Street at about 4 p.m., when three black males entered the back seat of the unlocked vehicle, one of them brandishing a handgun.

The driver was directed to proceed via side streets to an alley three blocks away, where the suspects demanded cash and valuables. The students were able to flee from the vehicle. One of the students fell to the ground while fleeing and was assaulted by one of the suspects. The suspect’s gun was discharged during the assault. The student was unharmed and did not require medical treatment.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident. Anyone with further information is urged to call Williamsport Police at (570) 327-7560 or Penn College Police at (570) 321-5555.

Penn College Student Affairs officials have contacted the students and are providing any necessary support. If any students who were not directly involved in the incident wish to speak with a counselor, they may contact the Counseling Office at (570) 327-4765.

This information is being provided to keep you informed and aware of criminal activity so that you may take any necessary precautions for your personal safety. Students, faculty and staff are reminded to keep vehicle doors locked at all times while driving.

Student Reports Off-Campus Assault
Monday, November 02, 2009

A 20-year-old female Penn College student has reported that she was grabbed and pulled to the ground between houses in the 900 block of West Fourth Street last Friday around 2 a.m. She has described the attacker as a dark-skinned male. The student was able to get away from the assailant and run to safety. She reported the incident to the Williamsport Bureau of Police, who are investigating. There is no other description of the assailant available at this time.

Penn College Police remind everyone to be alert for suspicious persons and dangerous situations. At night, walk only on well-lit streets and pathways and with a friend. Be security conscious at all times. If you see any suspicious people or activity, contact the Penn College Police. If something does happen, report it immediately to the Police.

Assault Suspect Arrested and in Custody
Thursday, September 18, 2008

A man accused of a Tuesday assault of a Penn College student with whom he was acquainted was taken into custody by Penn College Police and the U.S. Marshal's office Wednesday around 11 p.m. at the Maryland/Pennsylvania border. David Smith was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the Lycoming County Prison. Smith is charged with assault, attempted kidnapping, robbery, motor vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Assault and Theft of Vehicle on Campus
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A male student was assaulted on campus at 11 a.m. today in the parking lot west of College Avenue Labs. The victim’s vehicle was stolen. It was reported the victim was acquainted with the assailant, whose name is believed to be David Smith. Smith is not a current student. The vehicle was recovered several miles from campus. Police are searching for the assailant and in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant.

All students, faculty and staff should be alert for suspicious persons and potentially dangerous situations on and off campus. Immediately report all crimes or suspicious activity to Penn College Police. Police. Penn College Police continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement officials. Anyone having additional information about this or any other crime should call campus police at (570) 321-5555.

Robbery in the City of Williamsport
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student reported being robbed at gunpoint late Tuesday night at 9:15 p.m. in the parking lot of an off-campus apartment in the 900 block of Second Street. The incident was reported to the Williamsport Bureau of Police, who are investigating the incident. The student was not injured. The suspects were described as two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts. One of the suspects was armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

Another Pennsylvania College of Technology student had reported being robbed at gunpoint on Friday, January 25, 2008, at 11:55 p.m. in the 700 block of West Third Street. The suspects were described as four black males wearing hooded sweatshirts. One of the suspects was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. The Williamsport Bureau of Police are investigating.

Anyone who has any information about either of these crimes is requested to contact Penn College Police at (570) 321-5555.

All students, faculty and staff should be alert for suspicious persons and potentially dangerous situations on and off campus. At night, walk on well-lit sidewalks and walkways. Park as close as possible to any buildings you intend to enter. If possible, walk with another person. Call Penn College Police for an escort, if needed. All crimes should be reported immediately to the police.

College Police Announce Increased Patrols as a Result of City Crime Activity During Holiday Break
Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Penn College Police have doubled patrols both on and off campus as a result of recent crime activity in the city. None of the incidents occurred on campus.

Off-Campus Apartment Burglaries

Since Dec. 13, at least 14 apartment burglaries in the immediate area of the College (most affecting off-campus student housing) were reported to Williamsport or Penn College Police. All of the apartments were empty while students were away on holiday break between semesters. Landlords have contacted students that live in the apartments where the burglaries were reported. It appears that mostly small, low-value items and cash were taken.

STUDENTS: If you return to campus and find that your apartment was broken into and it has not been reported to police, please contact the Penn College Police immediately at (570) 321-5555.

Shootings in the City

On Friday, January 4, four shootings occurred in the city, resulting in one death and several injuries. Williamsport Bureau of Police are continuing to investigate these shootings, which occurred in four different locations, two in the east end of the city and two several blocks north of the campus.

Another shooting, which resulted in no injuries, happened around 2 p.m. Monday, January 7, at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Walnut Street (several blocks north east of campus). A suspect in this shooting was immediately taken into custody and remains in jail.

Be Alert and Report Suspicious or Dangerous Situations

Penn College Police issue Crime Alerts so that students, faculty, and staff can be alerted to potentially dangerous situations on and around campus and take appropriate precautions. The warnings are issued when the situation is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.

All students, faculty and staff should be alert for suspicious persons and potentially dangerous situations on and off campus. Immediately report all crimes or suspicious activity to Penn College Police, who will coordinate communications with the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Penn College Police continue to work with local law enforcement and city officials to improve safety in the community that surrounds our campus.

If you have information on the burglaries, shootings, or other crimes, please immediately contact Penn College Police (24 hours a day) at (570) 321-5555 or submit information online via the Silent Witness Web site at www.pct.edu/police/silentWitness.asp to remain anonymous.

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