Campus Alert Update

Campus Alert Update

BLOOMSBURG — An update has been issued to the campus alert made in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990 for the robbery incident at the Hospital Lot on Sunday, Aug. 8.

Further investigation by BUPD officers found the robbery victims were specifically targeted due to an incident that occurred off campus and through a continuing course of conduct ended on campus. This was not a random act and the perceived threat to the campus community has diminished. The investigation will continue.

At approximately 10:24 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, two male students were approached in the Bloomsburg University Hospital parking lot by five subjects (four males and one female). The five suspects were described as white. One male suspect was described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wearing a white tank top at the time of the incident. The female suspect has long blonde hair and was wearing a black tank top.

All five suspects were reported to be in their late teens or early twenties. The suspects approached the male victims, asked them to turn over their belongings and attacked them. No weapon was seen in the incident.

The suspects fled the hospital parking lot in up to four vehicles. Two vehicles were described as similar to Honda Civics with spoilers. One was black and the other was silver. The vehicles were travelling North on 487 toward I-80. The Bloomsburg University Safety and Police is investigating the incident.

Any information as to the identity of these individuals should be provided to BU Saftey and Police at (570) 389-4168.

Bloomsburg University recommends that students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help.

In case of an emergency, students should call (570) 389-4168. For your safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If you are in town and need help call 911.