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UPennAlert
June 17, 2024 12:00 am

Shots Fired | 4000 block of Market Street

Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to a report of gun shots fired in the 4000 block of Market Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that an individual had been shot and immediately transported to the hospital. Police are seeking persons of interest described as: Person of interest 1: Black male, thin build, wearing a black tank top and black pants. Person of interest 2: Black male, slightly heavy set build, wearing a long-sleeved white zip up jacket and black pants. They were last seen heading northbound on Preston Street from Market Street.
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UPennAlert
May 29, 2024 12:39 am

Robbery with Weapon | 4000 Block of Market Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Market Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspects approached the complainant and demanded their belongings. The suspects are described as a Black male 6', athletic build, wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, and black pants and carrying a black handgun, and a Black male 5' 10", thin build, wearing all black clothing. The suspects were last seen heading north on 41st Street from Market.
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UPennAlert
May 23, 2024 5:45 am

Police Activity |

Update: All clear in the area of S. 32nd Street. You may resume usual activity. Increased police presence remains in the area. UPennAlert: Increased Police activity in the area of S. 32nd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the immediate area. Expect traffic delays in the area.
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UPennAlert
May 17, 2024 8:57 pm

Large Disruptive Crowd | 34th and Walnut Streets

Nineteen individuals, including 7 Penn students, were taken into police custody last night, following an attempt to occupy a Penn building. Twelve were issued citations for failure to disperse and failure to follow police commands and later released. Seven remain in custody awaiting felony charges, including one for assaulting a police officer. Upon clearing the building, Penn Police recovered lock-picking tools and homemade metal shields fashioned from oil drums. The exit doors had been secured with zip-ties, barbed wire, and barricaded with metal chairs and desks, and the windows were covered over with newspaper and cardboard. Bike racks and metal chairs were also found blocking outside entrances. Penn remains focused on maintaining the safety and security of our campus.
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UPennAlert
May 10, 2024 9:11 pm

Large Disruptive Crowd |

On Friday evening at approximately 8pm a large demonstration began west of campus. They started marching toward campus at approximately 8:45pm. The group traveled to the 3800 block of Walnut Street in front of the President’s residence. The crowd became disorderly and breached the exterior gate at the President’s House. Police regained control of the immediate area and the large crowd proceeded to travel to Chestnut Street, traveling east on Chestnut to 33rd, then north to Market Street where the disorderly crowd disbanded.
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UPennAlert
May 10, 2024 5:58 am

Police Activity | College Green

At approximately 5:30am this morning, Penn Police, with support from the Philadelphia Police Department, took steps to remove the unauthorized encampment on College Green. Protestors were given multiple warnings that they were trespassing and offered the opportunity to voluntarily leave and avoid citation. Those who chose to stay did so knowing that they would be arrested and removed. Approximately 33 individuals were arrested without incident and cited for defiant trespass.
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UPennAlert
May 2, 2024 11:19 am

Large Demonstration |

Penn Public Safety issued a UPennAlert at 11:19 a.m. and continues to provide updates to inform the Penn community of a large demonstration on College Green that is impacting pedestrian traffic in the area. Penn Police remain on site to ensure safety with the support of Philadelphia Police.
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UPennAlert
April 30, 2024 3:43 pm

Retail Robbery without Weapon | 3700 block of Walnut Street

Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to a report of a retail robbery in the 3700 block of Walnut Street.  Upon arrival, the complainants stated two suspects entered the store, demanded merchandise, and left the store carrying a black duffle bag. No weapon was used and no injuries were reported. The suspects were described as a Black male, 6' tall, 20-25 years of age, dark complexion, hair in locs style, wearing Nike maroon shirt and sweatpants, ski mask, carrying a large black duffle bag, and a Black male, 5'8" tall, 20-25 years of age, thin build, hair in locs, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants, and black ski mask. The suspects were last seen heading west in the area of 3700 block of Sansom Street.
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UPennAlert
April 23, 2024 7:17 pm

Retail Robbery without Weapon | 3700 block of Walnut Street

Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to a report of a retail robbery in the 3700 block of Walnut Street.  Upon arrival, the complainants stated suspects entered the store, demanded merchandise, and left the store carrying a black duffle bag. No weapon was used and no injuries were reported. The suspects were described as a Black male, light complexion, beard, hair in locs, thin build, 6' tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue medical mask; a Black male, thin build, hair in locs, 6' tall, wearing gray pants, and blue medical mask, carrying a black duffle bag, and a Black male, medium complexion, thin build, 6' tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants with yellow details, and blue medical mask. The suspects were last seen in the area of 3700 Walnut Street.
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UPennAlert
April 6, 2024 10:34 am

Earthquake |

UPDATE: No injuries or building damage reported at this time. UPennAlert: Earthquake reported in the area. Public Safety personnel, Penn Facilities personnel and other first responders are checking all buildings. The Division of Public Safety has been in contact with the City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management who have advised on the following in the event of aftershocks: Stay where you are and Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Get under and hold on to sturdy furniture. Protect your head and neck with arms or pillows. If you are outside, move away from buildings. If you are in a damaged building, move outside. If you've been injured, or are with someone who's been injured, call Public Safety at 215-573-3333. Do not use elevators. At this time no injuries have been reported. The U.S. Geological Service is reporting a magnitude 4.7 earthquake in our region. 
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UPennAlert
March 13, 2024 4:10 pm

Police Activity | 3700 block of Market Street

Penn Police received reports of a road rage incident which occurred in the area of 38th and Market Streets. Upon arrival police located evidence of shots fired in the area of 3700 block of Market Street. Parties involved fled the area prior to police arrival. No physical injuries have been reported.
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UPennAlert
March 6, 2024 3:14 am

Attempted Burglary | 3900 block of Pine Street

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 3900 block of Pine Street. The complainant stated that the suspect attempted to enter their residence and then fled westbound on Pine Street. The suspect is described as a male, 5'5" tall, wearing all dark clothing and a black skull cap.
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UPennAlert
February 12, 2024 4:58 pm

Retail Robbery with Weapon | 3400 block of Chestnut Street

Penn Police responded to a report of a retail robbery with weapon in the 3400 block of Chestnut Street. The store's security officer stated that the suspect brandished a pair of scissors while exiting the store without making payment. The suspect has been identified and placed into custody by police.
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UPennAlert
February 9, 2024 1:24 am

Report of Gun Shot Fired | 4300 block of Market Street

Gun shot fired in the 4300 block of Market Street. The complainant stated to police they were inside a store in the 4300 block of Market Street. An individual known to the complainant entered the store, fired a single gun shot at the complainant, then fled the store. There are no reported physical injuries. The suspect is described as a Black male, 5'4"-5'7", medium complexion, wearing a black scull cap, a snap-front Yankees jacket in dark blue and dark blue jeans.
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UPennAlert
January 24, 2024 12:17 pm

Escaped Prisoner | Civic Center Blvd. and University Avenue

At approximately 12 pm today, Penn Police responded to a call for a juvenile prisoner who escaped from Juvenile Justice Services Center custody while at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia located at 3401 Civic Center Blvd. The individual has not been located. The juvenile is described as a Black male, light complexion, 17 years old, 5'7", 180 pounds, wearing dark blue sweatpants and sweatshirt, socks, and possibly wearing slide-type slip on sandals. Last seen on University Avenue by Civic Center Blvd. If seen, please call Penn Police at 215-573-3333. Philadelphia and Penn Police and other law enforcement agencies as well as Allied security have increased patrols and continue to survey the area.
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UPennAlert
January 2, 2024 11:57 pm

Robbery with Weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, complainant stated that the suspects approached the complainant and demanded the complainant's belongings at point of gun. The suspects are described as a group of 7 to 10 Black male teenagers, wearing all dark clothing and ski masks. One male was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red logo on the back. They were last seen in the area of 40th and Baltimore Avenue.
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UPennAlert
December 26, 2023 8:09 pm

Vehicle Theft | 4200 block of Spruce Street

Penn Police responded to the report of an attempted theft of an occupied vehicle in the 4200 block of Spruce Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered the suspects approached the complainant while parked in their vehicle, and demanded they exit their vehicle. The suspects then fled east, last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue towards 32nd Street in a Nissan Kicks PA plate number HTZ4256. The suspects are described as a Black male, 5'8", shoulder length braided hair, heavy build, in his 20s, wearing all black clothing and a black face mask and a Black male, 6', skinny build, in his 20s, wearing all black clothing and a black face mask. There are no reported injuries.
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