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UPennAlert
February 12, 2024 4:58 pm

Retail Robbery with Weapon | 3400 block of Chestnut Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a retail robbery with weapon in the 3400 block of Chestnut Street. The store's security officer stated that the suspect brandished a pair of scissors while exiting the store without making payment. The suspect has been identified and placed into custody by police.
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UPennAlert
February 9, 2024 1:24 am

Report of Gun Shot Fired | 4300 block of Market Street

Gun shot fired in the 4300 block of Market Street. The complainant stated to police they were inside a store in the 4300 block of Market Street. An individual known to the complainant entered the store, fired a single gun shot at the complainant, then fled the store. There are no reported physical injuries. The suspect is described as a Black male, 5'4"-5'7", medium complexion, wearing a black scull cap, a snap-front Yankees jacket in dark blue and dark blue jeans.
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UPennAlert
January 24, 2024 12:17 pm

Escaped Prisoner | Civic Center Blvd. and University Avenue

At approximately 12 pm today, Penn Police responded to a call for a juvenile prisoner who escaped from Juvenile Justice Services Center custody while at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia located at 3401 Civic Center Blvd. The individual has not been located. The juvenile is described as a Black male, light complexion, 17 years old, 5'7", 180 pounds, wearing dark blue sweatpants and sweatshirt, socks, and possibly wearing slide-type slip on sandals. Last seen on University Avenue by Civic Center Blvd. If seen, please call Penn Police at 215-573-3333. Philadelphia and Penn Police and other law enforcement agencies as well as Allied security have increased patrols and continue to survey the area.
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UPennAlert
January 2, 2024 11:57 pm

Robbery with Weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, complainant stated that the suspects approached the complainant and demanded the complainant's belongings at point of gun. The suspects are described as a group of 7 to 10 Black male teenagers, wearing all dark clothing and ski masks. One male was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red logo on the back. They were last seen in the area of 40th and Baltimore Avenue.
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UPennAlert
December 26, 2023 8:09 pm

Vehicle Theft | 4200 block of Spruce Street

Penn Police responded to the report of an attempted theft of an occupied vehicle in the 4200 block of Spruce Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered the suspects approached the complainant while parked in their vehicle, and demanded they exit their vehicle. The suspects then fled east, last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue towards 32nd Street in a Nissan Kicks PA plate number HTZ4256. The suspects are described as a Black male, 5'8", shoulder length braided hair, heavy build, in his 20s, wearing all black clothing and a black face mask and a Black male, 6', skinny build, in his 20s, wearing all black clothing and a black face mask. There are no reported injuries.
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UPennAlert
December 12, 2023 10:18 am

Attempted Car Theft with Weapon | 3400 Chestnut Street

Penn Police responded to the report of an attempted car theft with weapon in the 3400 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered the suspect approached the complainant while parked in their vehicle, and demanded they exit their vehicle at point of gun. The suspect then fled north on 34th Street towards Market Street. The suspect is described as a Black male, dark complexion, with some facial hair, 30 years old, approx. 6' tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing and a black knit hat pulled over his ears, carrying a black handgun. There are no reported injuries.
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UPennAlert
December 3, 2023 7:22 pm

Large Protest | 40th and Market Streets

On Sunday, December 3rd at approximately 5:30pm a scheduled Pro-Palestine protest organized by Philadelphia area activist groups began in the area of 17th and Market Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Police were onsite and monitored the protest, and police traveled with the demonstrators as they proceeded to march west on Walnut Street and eventually joined a vigil for the University City Townhomes property at 40th and Market Streets.  Penn Police were onsite monitoring the march as it approached Penn's campus and continued to monitor the area in partnership with Philadelphia Police until the protest concluded at approximately 8:20pm. Some of those interspersed in the group spray painted graffiti along the march route, including messages about the ongoing war as well as general anti-establishment, anti-police messaging. Penn Police are working closely with Philadelphia Police to identify the individuals responsible for this vandalism. There were no physical injuries to anyone involved.  
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UPennAlert
November 29, 2023 10:59 am

Escaped prisoner | 3400 block of Spruce Street

Penn Police responded to a report of an escaped prisoner in the 3400 block of Spruce Street. Upon arrival, Penn Police were informed that while Philadelphia police officers were effecting an arrest warrant, the suspect fled from the officers. Penn and Philadelphia Police conducted a search for the individual, who was quickly apprehended on site and returned to police custody.
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UPennAlert
November 24, 2023 7:23 pm

Robbery with Weapon | 4000 block of Walnut Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Walnut Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspects approached the two complainants and demanded their coats and boots. The suspects are described as a group of juvenile Black males, ranging in height between 5’7” and 6’ tall, wearing all dark clothing and dark ski masks; one suspect was carrying a pistol. The suspects were last seen heading west on Walnut Street from 40th Street.
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Advisory
October 17, 2023 4:00 pm

Safety Message to the Penn Community |

Throughout the past week, many members of our community have expressed concern for their sense of safety given the continuing violence in Israel and Gaza and the growing activism on campus and more broadly in the world. Penn Public Safety is closely monitoring protests, rallies, and other gatherings taking place on our campus, as well as outside events occurring throughout the Philadelphia region. We work in close partnership with our local, state, and federal partners through whom we receive multiple updates each day. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of all members of the Penn community...
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UPennAlert
October 12, 2023 7:59 am

PennComm Emergency Phone Network Outage |

UPDATE: PennComm phone service has been restored. The phone service issue has been resolved, you may dial 215-573-3333 and 5-1-1 to reach our PennComm Center. We will continue to monitor and will send updates should there be any changes. UPennAlert: Due to a telecom failure service outage, phone lines in our PennComm Emergency Communications Center are currently inoperable. This includes the emergency line 215-573-3333 and dialing 5-1-1 from a campus phone. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 until further notice. Technicians are working to restore full functionality.
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UPennAlert
October 5, 2023 2:38 pm

Robbery without Weapon | 3300 block of Chestnut Street

Penn Police responded to the report of a robbery in the 3300 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered three suspects approached the complainant and requested money. When the complainant declined, one of the suspects punched the complainant in the face. The suspects are described as juvenile males, approximately 12-15 years of age, all thin build and approximately 5'9"-5'10"; one wearing all black clothing, locks hair style, the second wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and black jeans, long braided hairstyle, the third juvenile wearing a white shirt, black pants, and carrying a backpack. The suspects were last seen in the area of 34th and Walnut Street.
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UPennAlert
October 4, 2023 9:52 pm

Attempted burglary – Suspect in Custody | 3800 block of Chestnut Street

UPDATE- Suspect is in custody. At approximately 12 am, Penn Police stopped a suspect who met the description given by witnesses. He was identified by complainant and taken into custody.  Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 3800 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect had attempted to enter an occupied apartment, then was seen attempting to enter another nearby apartment in the same building. The suspect also exposed himself, to a third individual in the building. The suspect is described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, 5'7"-5'8" tall, bushy unkempt hair, disheveled appearance, thin to medium build, wearing a black leather jacket, black tee shirt, white sneakers and dark jeans - possibly carrying a backpack. The suspect was last seen in the 3800 block of Chestnut Street.
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UPennAlert
September 30, 2023 4:38 pm

Robbery with Weapon | 3000 block of Market Street

Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 3000 block of Market Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect pulled over his vehicle and asked to use the complainant’s phone, then he pointed a gun at the complainant, demanding additional personal property. When the complainant attempted to retrieve his phone, the suspect sped away, dragging the complainant for several feet and causing injury.
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Advisory
September 27, 2023 6:00 pm

A Message to the Penn Community |

As you may be aware, last evening some individuals broke into and stole items from several retail locations in several areas of Philadelphia, including Center City, North and West Philadelphia. While there is no specific information about such actions occurring tonight in our Patrol Zone, Public Safety is in constant communication with our law enforcement partners, who are preparing for potential disruptions throughout the City, should they occur. Public Safety has also prepared for any activity and will alert the community should there be an ongoing safety threat within our Patrol Zone.
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UPennAlert
September 15, 2023 10:55 pm

Report of Gun Shots Fired | 100 block of S. 30th Street

Penn Police responded to a report of gun shots fired in the 100 block of S. 30th Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect fired shots following an argument, striking an individual. The individual has been transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was identified and is now in police custody.
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UPennAlert
September 14, 2023 9:38 am

Assault | 3200 block of Chestnut Street

Penn Police responded to a report of an assault in the 3200 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect struck the complainant and took their personal belongings. The suspect then fled in the area of Chestnut Street at 32nd Street. The complainant described the suspect as a Black male, 18-19 years of age, 6' tall, wearing gray fitted jeans with ripped knees, a black jacket, white sneakers, and a black knit hat. The suspect was last seen heading north towards Chestnut Street from 32nd Street.
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UPennAlert
September 13, 2023 11:37 pm

Attempted Sexual Assault – Suspect in Custody | 4200 block of Ludlow Street

Suspect is now in custody. Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault in the 4200 block of Ludlow Street. The complainant described the suspect as a Black male, medium complexion, 6' tall, short hair, approximately 20 years old, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The suspect is now in custody.
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UPennAlert
September 8, 2023 4:07 pm

Person with a Cutting Instrument | 3400 block of Walnut Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a person with a type of cutting instrument in the 3400 block of Walnut Street. It was reported to police that the suspect was approached on the highway by two persons who appeared to know the suspect, and then the suspect gestured at them with the implement. No injuries reported. Police have cleared the area.
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UPennAlert
August 25, 2023 9:47 pm

Robbery without Weapon | 3900 Block of Delancey Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a robbery without weapon in the 3900 block of Delancey Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect approached the complainant from behind, pushed the complainant and took their bag. The suspect then fled eastbound on Delancey Street on foot. The complainant described the suspect as a male wearing all dark clothing. He was last seen heading eastbound on the 3900 block of Delancey Street.
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