Police seeking man accused of sexual assault in University City
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a man who they say is accused of a sexual assault in University City Tuesday morning.
Just before 2 a.m., police say a sexual assault occurred on the 3800 block of Chestnut Street, just steps away from U-Penn's campus.
U-Penn's Department of Public Safety reported that the victim told police she was approached by a person who threatened to harm her with a weapon while she was taking out the trash.
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Police say the suspect was last seen running eastbound on the 3700 block of Chestnut street. The suspect is described as being about 20–30 years old, 6'0" tall, with dark hair. He was reportedly wearing a dark hooded polo shirt, blue denim pants with stitching along the inseam, and peach-colored sneakers.
The Philadelphia Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a male who they say is accused of a sexual assault in University City Tuesday morning.
Authorities say the offender was also armed with a knife which was recovered on the scene of the sexual assault.
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The University is reminding students that there are walking escorts available 24/7, and they're encouraging students to stay alert, especially if they're out late studying for class.
Some students say they find comfort in knowing there are resources available to them, but others say it's still concerning.
"I really feel like there is no guarding against that kind of thing," said U-Penn first-year student, Eliana Atienza. "You can protect yourself, but things do happen."
Police say they are expecting to release more information on Wednesday, and they are asking anyone who may know the suspect or know of his whereabouts to contact the Special Victim's Unit at 215-685-3263/64 or 215-686-TIPS (8477).