Professor Beating Suspect in Custody

By Dan Stamm, David Chang and Vince Lattanzio
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:02 PM EDT
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Police say they've nabbed the man accused of attacking a Temple University professor on campus.

Police say they've nabbed the man accused of attacking a Temple University professor on campus.


The man who Philadelphia Police say beat and robbed an elderly college professor in his office was arrested this morning.

According to police, suspect Darryl Moon attacked and robbed Temple University professor Gopalakrishnan Veeraswamy, 81, inside his shared office on the second floor of Anderson Hall on Tuesday.

Police didn't immediately reveal arrest details.

Anderson Hall, an academic building, is located off of 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue in a complex of buildings on the North Philadelphia campus.

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Police say Moon entered Veeraswamy's office on 1114 Polett Walk around 11:20 a.m. Moon, 45, then allegedly punched the professor in the face and demanded his wallet while placing a knife to his throat.

Police say Moon then took Veeraswamy's wallet and punched him in the face again, causing lacerations to his face and head as well as swelling and bleeding to his brain.

(Pictured: 45-year-old Darryl Moon)

The professor was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Veeraswamy teaches Intellectual Heritage at the school. Investigators say they recovered his wallet and processed it for fingerprints.

Iman Keita, a Temple student, told NBC10 she almost skipped class after receiving an alert reporting the attack and robbery.

"I didn't want to go to class," she said. "When we get alerts like that, especially the fact that it was on the main campus in a building, it really does make me nervous."

Keita was so nervous that she called her older sister, Nenayre Keita, a Senior at Temple, to be with her.

"I was really shocked that it happened in the building," Nenayre said. "I've never heard of someone going so far as to go inside the building and rob someone."

Temple spokesman Ray Betzner called the incident an "unusual situation."

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"Temple has a very, very safe campus," Betzner said. "To get into the area where this took place, an individual would have to show an ID to a guard to be able to get up into the elevator that would be up there."

While school officials have beefed up security on campus in the wake of the attack, many students are still on edge.

"Either way it's nerve-wracking," Nenayre said.


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