Drexel Alerts Students of Knife-Wielding Rapist

A day after a Drexel student was raped by a robber who threatened her with a knife, the school shared the information with other students and asked for help in identifying her attacker.

The 21-year old woman woke up around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday after hearing noise in her West Philly apartment. She got up to investigate and stumbled upon a stranger holding the large kitchen knife.

The man demanded money and the woman's cellphone. He sexually assaulted her before fleeing her apartment in the 3400 block of Spring Garden.

Investigators with Philadelphia's Special Victims Unit do not have enough definitive information to identify the attack, according to the safety advisory issued by the school. Drexel asked anyone with information that might be helpful in this investigation, to contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251 or the Drexel University Public Safety Department by telephone at 215-895-2222.

The school also alerted students of an incident in the same off-campus neighborhood Thursday morning. A drunk man groped two female students. He's described as a 6’ tall, black male, intoxicated, wearing a gray and blue jacket and gray hat. One incident occurred at 34th and Powelton, the second a block away at 35th and Powelton.

On Wednesday, another student was slashed during a fight over a girl.

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