Shippensburg University police sent out an SU Alert regarding an attempted assault off campus late Saturday night.
The alert read, “Police report attempted assault in area of 35 College Park involving a knife by 4-6 African American males. Be on alert and take appropriate caution.”
Another alert was sent on Sunday with suspects’ vehicle descriptions.
The vehicles are described in the alert as either a black Chevrolet Tahoe or a dark-colored PT Cruiser with wooden green sides.
This has not been the first time this year that assaults have occurred in Shippensburg.
Over the past few months, there have been assaults in the areas of Richard Avenue and High Street.
Recently, assaults have occurred more on the other side of campus in College Park, Bard Townhouses, Middle Spring Avenue and Hot Point Commons.
According to Lt. Steven Junkin, Carlisle State Police Station Commander, the assaults have been random each time and involve different victims.
The state police have identified some suspects and are taking necessary actions, according to Junkin. Many of the suspects reportedly have been from the Chambersburg area and are “coming into Shippensburg to pick fights with students,” Junkin said.
“If you’re hosting a party, know who you’re inviting into your house,” Junkin suggested.
He also suggests those having parties to even ask guests to present their SU ID to enter. He also wants students not to hesitate to call the state or Shippensburg Borough police if they have any problems.
Junkin saed that in the upcoming weeks he will have more police officers patrolling in Shippensburg and they are really trying to keep the area safer.