Vil­lanova as­sault probe sus­pended

Woman who says Trump sup­port­ers at­tacked her no longer wants po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dent

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Richard Il­gen­fritz ril­gen­fritz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rpil­gen­fritz on Twit­ter

A woman who said she was as­saulted by Trump sup­port­ers in a tun­nel at Vil­lanova Univer­sity days af­ter the elec­tion is ask­ing po­lice to pause their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Radnor po­lice re­ported Monday.

Radnor po­lice Lt. Andy Block said the woman who made the com­plaint told them Monday that she no longer wanted the case in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

“She has been very ap­pre­cia­tive of ev­ery­thing Radnor po­lice have done,” Block said. “But at this point she doesn’t want to pur­sue it.”

The al­leged in­ci­dent took place Nov. 10 when a woman re­ported that she was walk­ing through the SEPTA tun­nel be­tween the west cam­pus and the main cam­pus when a group of men ran to­ward her yelling, “Trump.”

One of the men pushed her, knock­ing her to the ground, po­lice re­ported at the time.

Fol­low­ing the al­leged as­sault, Vil­lanova of­fi­cials sent out a let­ter con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent and re­fer­ring to the act as “de­plorable.”

“Upon learn­ing of the in­ci­dent last night, Pub­lic Safety launched an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion

and con­tacted Radnor Po­lice. The Univer­sity finds this con­duct de­plorable and con­sid­ers this racist be­hav­ior that runs com­pletely counter to our val­ues. Ac­tions such as this will sim­ply not be tol­er­ated at Vil­lanova. Those found re­spon­si­ble

for such rep­re­hen­si­ble be­hav­ior will face se­ri­ous con­se­quences for their ac­tions and will be dis­ci­plined ap­pro­pri­ately. The safety and se­cu­rity of our stu­dents is al­ways our pri­mary con­cern. It is at times like this when we must come to­gether in sol­i­dar­ity as a com­mu­nity against such ac­tions,” the let­ter read in part.

Block said if the woman

came for­ward again, they could re­sume the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. When asked Monday, Block said the woman was not in­jured dur­ing the al­leged as­sault.

In an email seek­ing com­ment and ask­ing if the case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the univer­sity, spokesman Jonathan Gust re­sponded by say­ing it is still an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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