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December 19, 2006

From Penn's Division of Public Safety

December 15, 2006

The Philadelphia Police Department and the University of Pennsylvania Police Department are pleased to announce that the individual male responsible for the series of robberies, at point-of-screwdriver, at various locations in University City during the month of November has been detained and arrested. He has been charged with multiple counts of robbery, and more charges will be forthcoming.

This joint investigation was the result of the successful collaboration between Philadelphia and Penn Police who have worked tirelessly and in partnership with each other for the past month in order to apprehend this suspect, who between the dates of November 9th through November 21st, robbed a number of women in University City at point-of-screwdriver.

We are pleased to have been able to conclude this investigation prior to the winter break, but would like to take this opportunity to remind the Penn and University City community that the Division of Public Safety will maintain the same high level of police and security services throughout the break.

Please see the following information for a review of Public Safety services available to the community over the break.

Campus & Community Safety

The Division of Public Safety continues to provide comprehensive safety and security services on a 24x7 basis for all areas comprising the Penn Patrol Zone, which includes 30th Street to 43rd Street, on the east-west border, and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue, on the north-south border. Penn Police and Allied Barton security officer staffing levels will remain consistent throughout the holiday break.

Please utilize both the Walking Escort Services (215/898.WALK), available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the following boundaries: 29th-50th Street, Spring Garden to Baltimore) AND Penn Transit Services (215/898.RIDE), operated by the Division of Business Services, for mobile escort services for all members of the Penn community, from 6pm - 3am daily (*On-call for emergencies, 3am-7am), operating within  the following boundaries: 50th Street - 20th Street and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue

Please program the PennComm Emergency Number, 215 573-3333, into your cell phone speed dial. Use this number for all medical and emergency-related calls, including the reporting of suspicious behavior, to reach Penn Police and emergency response personnel. You can also request a walking escort with this number.

The Division of Public Safety will be conducting Special Checks of Residential Properties during the following time frame: 5 p.m. Wednesday, December, 20, 2006 through 7 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2006. At least two business days in advance of their departure, students, faculty and staff who live within the following geographical boundaries- 30th to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street- may list their residence with the Penn Police Department for Special Checks during the period it will be vacant. If you would like to list your residence for Special Checks complete the application form on the Public Safety website at Go to "Online Forms" and follow the instructions for submission.


Posted 12/19/06

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