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Police Still Searching for Man Involved in Knife Attack

(UPDATE 12-14-2012) The man involved in the stabbing of a Penn State graduate student on Wednesday is still at-large, and police are still actively searching for the 5’8″ caucasian male.

The scene of the crime — between Sunset Park and the Penn State Arboretum — was initially thought to be Ferguson Township property, but upon further investigation, the area is actually on Penn State property, so the Penn State police will be handling the investigation.

According to a release, “Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen a person matching the description(s) between noon and 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Arboretum, Sunset Park, Curtin Street, Big Hollow Road, East Aaron Drive or Vairo Boulevard. Additionally, anyone traveling along Oakwood Avenue, Colonnade Boulevard or the Woodycrest area between 2:45 and 7:30 p.m. who may have seen a person who fits the description above are asked to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact Penn State University Police at (814) 863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME. Police are offering a $1,000 reward to tips that may lead to an arrest.

The victim is a graduate student, and was released the same day from Mount Nittany Medical Center.

(Initial Story 12-12-12) Police are searching for a man involved in a knife attack earlier this afternoon near Vairo Boulevard. The attacker has been described as a caucasian male with facial hair, 5’8″, wearing all black with a backpack.

According to The Centre Daily Times, the man attacked a 40-year old woman on a bike trail, who had her “throat gouged.” The suspect was last seen near Sunset Park. According to the CDT, a biker on the trail found the woman, who was already being attended to by a jogger, neither of whom had a cell phone.

Penn State sent out a message to all students to stay indoors and secure their doors.

Police are seeking the suspect in a knife attack that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. near Vairo Boulevard in State College, Pa. The suspect is described as a caucasian male with facial hair, 5-feet, 8-inches tall, wearing black clothing and a backpack, and possibly a gray sweatshirt. The suspect is carrying a knife and should be considered dangerous. The suspect was last seen in an area with a high student population, in a wooded area near Sunset Park. Students and residents in the area should stay inside and secure their doors.

Police are currently using helicopters and ground units to search for the man near Vairo Boulevard.

Stay safe, Penn State.

(UPDATE 5:29 p.m.) – The victim, who is a Penn State graduate student, is in stable condition at the hospital. Her injuries are not life threatening.

The suspect is still at large, and has a beard with a point at the bottom. Police are actively searching for the man using helicopters and police dogs, as well as a swelling of ground support including multiple townships and the State Police.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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