Serial Attacker May Have Struck Again

Attacks on UPenn and Center City women may be connected.

The man who tied up two UPenn women Friday afternoon, robbed them and then sexually assaulted one of the victims, may be connected to at least one of the Center City attacks this past October that had women on edge.

Victims in Friday's attack in West Philadelphia and the victim from the October 9th attack in Center City have given police similar descriptions and behaviors of the attacker.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Citizens Crime Commission for information leading to an arrest.  

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect Monday evening. They believe the suspect frequents the area of 50th and Baltimore Avenues in University City.

The school's President, Amy Gutman said in a statement Saturday afternoon:

"We are all deeply disturbed and outraged by this horrific act.  We will do everything in our power to support the students through this event, to guard their privacy and enable them to recover from this trauma.  Both students received medical treatment at a local hospital and have returned home to their families.

Friday's attack happened inside an apartment complex at 44h and Spruce, just outside of the Penn Police patrol area.

Penn put out the following safety tips on the school's Public Safety website:


Penn Community members are advised to be aware of their surroundings when approaching their residence.

1. Always lock your home or apartment door.

2. Do not hesitate to contact Penn Police at 215-573-3333 or via our over  250 Blue Light Emergency Phones located on the streets and on campus walks if you observe suspicious behavior.

3. Do not allow anyone to piggyback behind you when entering a locked building.  Call Penn Police 215-573-3333 to alert police to someone attempting to gain unauthorized entry.

4. Use Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255) or Riding Escort 215-898-RIDE    (7433)

5. Do not open your door to any unknown person.

Any student, faculty or staff member wishing assistance in understanding the many support based resources offered by the University may call the Division of Public Safety's Special Services Department at 215-898-6600; or via email

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