Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Yesterday, an armed robbery occurred on Swarthmore’s campus. The Gazette is still investigating the incident, but according a police bulletin, the incident occurred just before midnight on Tuesday. The victim, a Villanova student, was robbed at gunpoint while in the middle of the field between Mertz and Magill Walk. According to Public Safety, the victim was walking to his car, which was parked by Bond.
The assailants considered shooting the victim. According to the police, “a second suspect kept asking, “Should we shoot him?””
A Swarthmore student witnessed the assault, and described the suspects as “two black males wearing dark hoodies, one was tall and thin and the other was stockier.”
Director of Public Safety, Owen Redgrave is not at Swarthmore today. Alisa Giardinelli in the Swarthmore Communications, spoke to Gazette News Editor Neena Cherayil.
Was victim a local taking classes or working here? As I understand now, he is a student at Villanova?
“I was unaware he was a Villanova student, but I do know he lives in Philadelphia and was on campus doing schoolwork in the library. [McCabe]”
Where exactly did attack occur? Any new information on perpetrators?
AG: “It happened on the grass, on the large field between Alice Paul and Mertz. The victim was on his way to his car in the Bond parking lot. It’s unclear what the attackers looked like. The victim never really got a good look of them before they fled.”
And the weapon…?
AG: “The weapon used was confirmed a handgun. “
There was a witness to the incident, a student?
AG: “Yes, the witness was a Swarthmore student.”
Have there been similar attacks in the area, some sort of pattern?
AG: “Not that I’m aware of. “
What is Public Safety doing now?
AG: “An active investigation has been opened and the College is cooperating fully with the Swarthmore Police.”
The bulletin released by Swarthmore College was:
At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, a male visitor to campus was robbed at gunpoint. The victim had just left McCabe Library and was walking to his car that was parked in Bond Lot. As he walked between Alice Paul and Mertz Residence Halls, he was approached by two males who produced a gun and demanded his wallet. The victim’s back pack, wallet, and cell phone were taken.
The victim immediately reported the incident to Public Safety who started a search with the assistance of Swarthmore Police Department.
Actors’ description: two black males. No further description was available.
Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact the Department of Public Safety at x8281 or Swarthmore Police Department at 610 543-0123.