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Student robbed at gunpoint at 41st St.

(09/19/03 9:00am)

Three unidentified men robbed a male student at gunpoint early Wednesday morning on the 4100 block of Spruce Street at around 12:18 a.m., according to the University of Pennsylvania Police Department. "He was walking west on Spruce at 41st Street when three unknown black males walked up to him," Vice President of Public Safety Maureen Rush said. "They pointed a gun at him and told him to keep walking, and then they grabbed him, threw him against the wall and went into his pockets and took his wallet and his backpack. Before they left, they punched him in the jaw." The complainant was not hospitalized, "though he sustained minor injuries to his face," Rush explained. The items taken were valued at $140. Immediately after the robbery, the student called the UPPD from an emergency phone located nearby, and flagged down an officer who was riding by the area, Rush said. Police were unable to apprehend the suspects at the scene, despite their fast reaction time, which "probably means they got into a car," Rush explained. Approximately six minutes before the robbery, at 12:02 a.m. on Wednesday, the UPPD received a separate call from another male student who saw what Rush believes may have been "the same three black males" on the 300 block of S. 42nd Street. "He felt unsafe and was able to get indoors before they could get to him," Rush said. She added that both students deserve commendation for their quick response times, and emphasized how crucial immediate police contact is in events like this one. Rush stated "there was some police activity [Wednesday] night and we are cautiously optimistic that we might find a break in several of the robberies -- there may be some connection." Although Rush said that there were several arrests made Wednesday night, it remains unclear whether or not the individuals arrested were at all connected with Wednesday's robbery. Rush said that the people who were arrested Wednesday night are not students and are currently going through "questioning and investigation." This robbery comes less than a week after three unidentified men indecently assaulted a female student on Sept. 11 on the 3700 block of Spruce Street outside the Quadrangle, at around 11:50 p.m., according to University Police. In that incident, the three men fled the scene and were seen getting into a 1990s black Buick LeSabre with a Pennsylvania license plate of FCX9736.

Missing student's body found in Schuylkill

(05/02/03 9:00am)

A body positively identified as that of missing Wharton student David Dantzler-Wolfe was found floating in the Schuylkill River at 9:30 am this morning. The body was found by the South Street bridge, according to Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush. A passerby walking across the Bridge early this morning noticed something large floating in the water, and called 911, Rush explained. The Philadelphia Police and the University Police then worked with the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit to recover the body. After being brought to the Medical Examiners office this morning, it was determined from "articles of I.D. and other means" that the body was indeed that of Dantzler-Wolfe, Rush said. "The body was very decomposed," Rush said. "So it would be very consistent with the amount of time that has passed since he was determined missing." The family was notified by University Chaplain Reverend William Gipson later this morning. Dantzler-Wolfe was last seen around 8 a.m. on Dec. 10 in Harnwell College House. The police had been investigating Dantzler-Wolfe prior to his disappearance for allegedly entering a female student's "abode" and videotaping her, according to sources in the University and Philadelphia Police departments. University Police entered Dantzler-Wolfe into the national Missing Person Database on December 12, Rush said. As of now, no information about the cause of Dantzler-Wolfe's death has been obtained. A postmortem investigation, which could explain this, is scheduled to take place tomorrow, and results could be released within the week. Rush noted that this news comes at an already difficult time for students, and reiterated that any students who feel the need to visit Counseling and Psychological Services or Special Services should do so. "It's a trying time," Rush said. University President Judith Rodin echoed this sentiment. "It is truly a tragedy when a young and promising life is lost," she said. "Our hearts go out to David's family and friends at this very difficult time." Rush acknowledged that it was a hard day for the University community, and for the family of the deceased. "The Administration has been in contact with the family since the beginning of this...," Rush said. "We offer our condolences and prayers for them."