Villanova assault probe suspended
Woman who says Trump supporters attacked her no longer wants police to investigate incident
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.