Faculty member assaulted, robbed in Temple Univ. building

Posted: October 31, 2013

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S main campus in North Philadelphia was on high alert yesterday after a faculty member was attacked and robbed in a campus lecture-hall building just before noon.

The man was in an office on a lower floor of Anderson Hall, on 12th Street near Montgomery, at 11:55 a.m. when another man grabbed him from behind, said university spokesman Ray Betzner. A tussle ensued, and Betzner said the attacker stole some personal items from the faculty member before fleeing.

No serious injuries to the faculty member were reported.

Betzner said Temple police and Philadelphia police detectives were investigating whether the attacker was a student or someone who somehow got into the building off the street.

The attacker was described as a black man in his early to mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a tan shirt and tan slacks.

Students and employees are required to show a Temple ID to enter most buildings on campus, including Anderson Hall.

In the same campus building in November 2007, a 22-year-old graduate student was locking up a classroom for the night when a man who was not a student but still managed to get into the building brutally beat and raped her in a bathroom.

Betzner said that he could not recall a faculty member being attacked before.

"This is extremely unusual," he said. "In my 10 years here, I cannot recall a single case of a faculty member being assaulted, so this is a very, very unusual situation."

An alert was sent to students and faculty members about yesterday's attack around 12:30 p.m., and Betzner said campus police stepped up patrols in the area.

Tipsters should call Temple police at 215-204-1234 or Central Detectives at 215-686-3093.

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