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 Pennsylvania College of Technology's 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.

2017

Off Campus Burglary 

July 17, 2017

Penn College and Williamsport Bureau of Police were called to an off-campus apartment in the 100 block of West 4th. Street on Sunday, July 16 at 4:40 a.m. for a burglary that had just occurred.

A student reported that he awoke to a sound inside his apartment and when he went to investigate he encountered a male stealing items. The suspect had apparently already taken items from other apartments within the building. It is believed the suspect may have entered through an unlocked back door. The suspect fled the apartment with two red suitcases filled with electronic items.

The suspect is described as a thin black male in his early twenties, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt and a green baseball hat. It is unknown what direction he ran after fleeing the apartment.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police are investigating the incident. If anyone has additional information they can contact the police at 570-433-3166.  

2016

Assault and Robbery Reported on Campus - UPDATED
September 6, 2016

 

Updated September 7, 2016

After a police investigation it has been determined that the student provided false information to the police about the assault and robbery occurring on campus. The student was actually robbed of cash in the 700 block of West Edwin Street after he attempted to purchase drugs.

The police are continuing their investigation. The student may face criminal charges of providing false information to law enforcement.

Original Crime Alert/Timely Warning

This afternoon, Tuesday, September 6, a 19-year-old student reported to Penn College Police that he was assaulted and robbed at approximately 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Park Street and West 3rd Street. He reports that he was struck from behind by three males and knocked to the ground. He describes the males as follows; a black male late 20s to early 30s, bald, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 200 pounds with a muscular build, wearing tan pants and a white t-shirt; a black male, late 20s, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, long dread-lock hair, wearing a white t-shirt and tan pants; and a black male, mid 20s, buzz-cut hair style, wearing a white t-shirt and tan pants. He reports that they took cash out of his wallet.

The student was not injured and reported the incident to the police approximately one and one-half hours after the assault. If anyone was in the area during that time period and may have witnessed the incident, or saw the suspects prior to or after the incident, please contact Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

 

Sexual Assault Reported
August 31, 2016

 

Late this afternoon, a 20-year-old female reported to Penn College Police that she was sexually assaulted yesterday (Tuesday, August 30) between 2:30 and 3 p.m. in the west stairwell of the Klump Academic Center. She reports that she was grabbed from behind by a white male, who then forcefully fondled her.

 

The assailant is described as roughly 6 ft. tall, of medium build, with short brown hair and a slight beard. He was wearing a leaf camo t-shirt, dark blue jeans, brown work boots, and a green baseball cap. There is a possibility that others may have passed him in the stairwell or hallways of the Academic Center prior to the attack. If anyone has seen this individual or has additional information, please contact Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.

 

Attempted Burglary Off Campus
June 14, 2016

Penn College Police were notified by Williamsport Bureau of Police that an attempted burglary had occurred in the 1000 block of Vine Avenue at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 14.  A student living in the apartment was not home at the time of the incident but his girlfriend was and had called 911 to report someone banging on the front door. When police arrived they found the door frame and door were heavily damaged. No one was able to obtain any physical description of the person or persons responsible. Williamsport Bureau of Police are investigating.  

Off Campus Shooting
January 24, 2016

 

Penn College was notified this week of an altercation involving several students, which occurred early Sunday morning, January 24, off-campus in the 300 block of Mifflin Place. The altercation was between a group of Penn College students and three other people, believed to be non-students. During the altercation, one of the other individuals pulled out a gun and fired several shots. A 22-year-old student was struck in the wrist by a bullet. He was treated and released at an area hospital. The other three individuals left the area prior to the arrival of police. The Williamsport Bureau of Police is investigating the incident.

All students are reminded to keep their personal safety in mind and to dial 911 if there are any emergency situations.

For additional information, please contact the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@pct.edu or 570-320-5310, or College Police at police@pct.edu or 570-321-5555.

 

2015

Attempted Purse Snatching
August 21, 2015

 

A 19-year-old student reported to Penn College police that a male attempted to take her purse in the 1100 block of W. 3rd Street, just west of the Academic Center on Thursday, August 20 between 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. The student reported she was approached by a black male in his 30’s wearing dark-colored clothing and he had a dew rag on top of his head. She reported that another male came to her assistance and the suspect ran north towards Vine Avenue.
College Police are asking for the person who assisted the victim or anyone else who may have observed this incident occur yesterday afternoon to contact Penn College Police at 570-321-5555.
Penn College Police remind everyone that if you see something or someone that is suspicious, witness a crime or if you are a victim of crime to call the police immediately.

 

2014

Robbery of Student Off Campus
September 9, 2014

 

A 21-year-old Penn College student reported being assaulted and robbed off campus in Williamsport Sunday evening. He reported the assault to police on Monday at 9:00 a.m.

The incident occurred between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Second Street. He said he was approached by three males and assaulted. The student said he was struck in the face, knocked to the ground and then kicked several times. The three suspects are described as black males, one about 5 foot 5 inches and the other two were over 6 feet tall. The male that he was assaulted by was describe as having braided hair with beads. He was unable to provide any further details about the other two. A gray,black and blue PCT gym bag containing books, keys and student ID were stolen. The suspects ran 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.

 

Off Campus Shooting
September 5, 2014

 

On Thursday, September 4, at 1:30 a.m., College Police and Williamsport Bureau of Police responded to a shooting north of campus in the 400 block of Third Avenue. A College police officer encountered a shooting victim (non-student) at the intersection of Maynard Street and West 4th Street. He told the officer someone had shot him on Third Avenue. 

Police found evidence of drug activity in the apartment where the shooting occurred. 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

 

Sexual Assault Reported On Campus
August 25, 2014

 

An 18-year-old student reported she was sexually assaulted in her Rose Street Commons apartment on early Saturday morning, August 24, 2014. The victim reported that she was inappropriately touched by a male student that was an acquaintance.

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 Kathy Zakarian, Deputy Coordinator for sexual misconduct issues, at 570-327-4765 or the Crisis Hotline anonymously at 1-800-326-8483 for help and support. You have the right to have any allegations of sexual assault investigated and adjudicated by the appropriate campus, civil and criminal authorities. If you choose to call the police for help, it is your decision whether to have it investigated.

 

Sexual Assault Reported Off Campus
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
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 suspicious persons or activity immediately to police by dialing 911.

 

Attempted Robbery of Student - UPDATED
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.

 

2013

Assault of Student Off-Campus
December 6, 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
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
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
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
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.

 

2012

Robbery Suspects Arrested and in Custody
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
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
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.

 

2011

Student Reports Attempted Robbery
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.

 

2010

Student Reports Attempted Robbery
December 3, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

2009

Student Reports Off-Campus Assault
November 2, 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.

2008

Assault Suspect Arrested and in Custody
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
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
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
January 8, 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.

2007

Former Student Reports Being Assaulted Near Campus
August 20, 2007

A 19-year-old female, who formerly attended Penn College, reported being grabbed and forced by an unknown, “college-age” white male, who she said was carrying a knife, to an off-campus apartment, where she said she was sexually assaulted. The incident reportedly occurred while the woman was walking on Vine Avenue on Sunday, August 19, at approximately 6 p.m.

The woman said she was able to get away from the assailant early Monday. She reported the incident to Penn College Police at 2 p.m. Monday. There is no other description of the assailant available at this time. Penn College Police have referred the victim to the Williamsport Bureau of Police and local counseling services.

Penn College Police remind everyone to be security conscious at all times and alert for suspicious persons and dangerous situations. At night, walk only on well-lighted streets and pathways. Walk with a friend and/or call Penn College Police for an escort to any on-campus or off-campus location in the immediate area of the College. Report any incidents or concerns immediately to Penn College Police.

Robbery Reported at Off-Campus Apartment
August 16, 2007

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students reported being robbed at gunpoint at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at an off-campus apartment in the 1000 block of West Fourth Street, according to a Crime Alert from Penn College Police.

The incident was reported to the Williamsport Bureau of Police, which is investigating. The students were not injured. The suspects were described as five black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One of the suspects was armed with what appeared to be an airsoft pistol.

All students, faculty and staff should be alert for suspicious persons and potentially dangerous situations on and off campus. Be security-conscious, and keep doors locked at all times. 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 Urge Vigilance, Attention to Surroundings
April 4, 2007

College Police are urging students, faculty, and staff to protect personal and College property after a series of recent on-campus thefts. Items including purses, briefcases, and laptop computers have been stolen from offices, classrooms, and apartments left unlocked or propped open while unoccupied. Please pay attention to your surroundings. Lock offices, classrooms, and apartment doors when you leave the area unoccupied. Do not prop doors open for easy access when the room is vacant -- even for a short period of time. Thefts can occur in mere minutes. Report any suspicious behavior to the College Police. It's for your protection.

Burglaries Reported at Rose Street Apartments
February 19, 2007

The Penn College Police are investigating several burglaries that have occurred at Rose Street Apartments over the past three weeks. Several apartments in the Lancaster building were entered, and personal items were stolen. These items include game stations, laptop computers and cash. Some of these burglaries occurred while the residents were in their apartments sleeping. All of the apartments entered appear to have been left unlocked and unsecured.

Penn College Police are requesting that anyone with information about these incidents call (570) 321-5555. Individuals may also submit information by completing the Silent Witness form on the Penn College Police Web site: http://www.pct.edu/police/silent_witness.htm. Individuals submitting information may remain anonymous.