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Police Report Similar State Patty’s Day Call Numbers

Though final crime statistics from the holiday aren’t available yet, the State College Police Department estimates that the number of calls they fielded this past weekend was comparable to the amount from State Patty’s Day weekend last year.

“The numbers of calls are similar, might be slightly less,” Lieutenant Bradley Smail said, adding that the nature of the calls were similar to those police received last year.

Final call and arrest numbers from this weekend will most likely be ready Monday. Though the numbers aren’t available yet, police did provide details of some of the major incidents that happened over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights, or lowlights, from State Patty’s Day 2015.

A Penn State student was arrested, tasered, and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest among other charges after a fight at McDonald’s early Saturday morning.

Around 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, Jonathan Erik Pereyra, 22, of Hazelton was arrested on retail theft charges and drug possession after police say he stole a bottle Gatorade from McLanahan’s Penn State Room. After he was arrested, police found him in possession of 34 capsules of MDMA, more commonly known as Molly. He told police that he had so much of the drug “so I can have fun, and my friends too,” according to court documents. Pereyra is not listed as a student in the Penn State directory.

A female reported around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday that she was sexually assaulted in an unknown fraternity downtown. She reported the incident at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. Police didn’t provide any additional information about the incident, and the female told police that she didn’t want to continue with an investigation.

A student from The University of Pittsburgh was issued a citation for charges of scattering rubbish around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the 300 block of East Foster Avenue.

Police said an unknown guest was throwing jello shots off of a balcony at The Diplomat around 4 p.m. on Saturday. Police said AW & Sons were called and promised to put up bars to restrict access to that apartment’s balcony.

Two men were arrested and charged with retail theft around 6:10 p.m. on Saturday after an incident at McLanahan’s Penn State Room. Police said Jordan Rouse ate a bag of Lays chips and Penn State student Brandon Savino ate a bag of Doritos and left the store without paying.

State College Police expect to announce the final tally of arrests from this weekend later today.

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Mindy Szkaradnik

Mindy is a senior majoring in Print Journalism, Spanish, and Global and International Studies. She is the 12th member of her family to attend Penn State, she loves Bruce Springsteen, and her friends are always making fun of her for talking too much about study abroad. She can be reached on Twitter (@mszkarad) or via email ([email protected]).


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