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Escaped Prisoner Apprehended on Penn's Campus by Philadelphia Police and Penn Police

Nik Hatziefstathiou
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PHILADELPHIA, PA. – An escaped prisoner was successfully apprehended on the University of Pennsylvania's campus following a collaborative effort between Penn Police and the Philadelphia Police Department. The incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. on November 28 on the 3400 block of Spruce Street.

The Division of Public Safety (DPS) issued an UPennAlert on their website, detailing the events that led to the capture. The suspect had initially fled from Philadelphia police officers during the execution of an arrest warrant. Prompt response by the Penn Police, in coordination with Philadelphia police, resulted in the swift apprehension of the suspect on site. The suspect is now back in police custody.

An initial UPennAlert was sent to the Penn community at approximately 10:58 a.m., warning of the increased police presence in the area and advising individuals to avoid the location. The suspect was described as a Black male, around 22 years old, with a dark complexion, medium build, and approximately 5’11” tall. He was last seen wearing a gray knit hat, glasses, a yellow and blue jacket, black pants, black sneakers with a silver tongue, and one handcuff.

The community was encouraged to contact DPS if they spotted the suspect and advised not to engage with him.

A follow-up UPennAlert was sent at around 11:22 a.m., declaring the area "all clear" and confirming the suspect's custody. The Penn community was informed that they could resume normal activities.

The Daily Pennsylvanian, seeking further details on the incident, was directed by DPS to their website. This incident follows a recent UPennAlert on November 24 regarding a robbery with a weapon on the 4000 block of Walnut Street.

The successful apprehension highlights the effectiveness of the collaborative efforts between university and city police forces in ensuring public safety and swiftly responding to emergencies on campus.

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