Simple Assault at Waterfront Park

May 10th, 2010

The City of Harrisburg

Office of the Chief of Police

McCormick Public Services Center

123 Walnut Street

Harrisburg, PA  17101-1614

Pierre Ritter          (717) 255-3103

Chief of Police

PRESS RELEASE

Type of Incident:                 Simple Assault – unprovoked encounter – Riverfront Park

Date: 05-05-2010 @ 1430  hrs.

Location:         0900-1000 block of N. Front St. – area

Investigating Officer:   Officer Stephanie Barrelet

Victim R/S/A:           W/F/47

Condition: Good – contusions and abrasions

Narrative:

At about 1430 hrs. the victim was walking in Riverfront Park with another woman.  As they neared the sunken gardens they were confronted by a black male who appeared to be homeless.  He attacked the victim for no reason, knocking her down and hitting her several times about the head and face.  The other woman was able to get help and got the attacker to stop.  The victims believed that the man may be living at the sunken garden site.

A similar incident took place in the same area on 04-27-2010 at about 2000 hrs.  A man fitting the same description confronted a W/F/47 who was walking near the sunken gardens.  He brandished a brick and cursed at the victim.  She got away and was not injured.

The investigation continues and anyone having any information on this is asked to contact Cpl. Deric Moody 717-255-3156 or dmoody@cityofhbg.com .

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