Rape Investigation Update
The State College Police Department continues to investigate several related rape investigations.
- August 24, 2010 between 2:00 a.m.-4:30 a.m.
- January 28, 2011 between 1:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.
- April 3, 2011 between 2:45 a.m.-3:25 a.m.
The known similarities were:
- All victims were white females attending Penn State
- All victims were under 21 years of age
- All victims were highly intoxicated
- All victims were walking alone in or around the neighborhoods adjacent to the downtown in early morning hours.
- All three victims sustained facial injuries during the forcible rape.
The only description provided to police was that the suspect was possibly a white male.
The Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab reported that DNA profile developed from the three rape investigations determined that the suspect was the same person in all three rapes.
On July 16, 2017 at approximately 1:40 am, The State College Police received a report that a white female was approached by a WN/M with an accent. The suspect pushed the victim into some bushes near South Atherton Street and sexually assaulted her. A rape investigation yielded evidence that was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime lab. The results were released this week. The lab report indicated DNA consistent with the earlier rape investigations from 2010 and 2011.
All of these rape investigations remain active and several persons of interest have been eliminated over the course of continued investigation.
The State College Police Department is urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the State College Police at (814) 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip through our website.
The State College Police Department is also urging residents and students to remain vigilant especially in early mornings hours. It is always safer to walk in groups or pairs along lighted sidewalks and roadways. The public is also encouraged to immediately report any observed suspicious activity to the police.
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