WILKES-BARRE — Two college students — one from King’s College and the other from Wilkes University — were attacked by a group of young men within one-half hour Tuesday night.
Both educational institutions quickly alerted other students via text messages and email about the attacks.
The first incident was reported at about 10 p.m. on Jackson Street near the D. Leonard Corgan Library on the King’s College campus.
A 21-year-old student from Wilkes-Barre told police he was walking in the area when a young black male approached him asking to use a cellphone. The student gave the unknown suspect his phone, then the suspect took off running behind the Scandlon Physical Education Center, across the street from the library.
The student chased the suspect and was ambushed by others, police said.
An announcement by King’s College stated the student was assaulted by four young black males.
Police said the student suffered minor injuries.
The other attack was reported about 30 minutes later on West Northampton Street on the campus of Wilkes University.
A 20-year-old student from Easton, Md., told police he was approached by a young black male asking to use a cellphone. The student declined and offered to take the unknown suspect to a phone on campus.
The unknown suspect was persistent in asking for a phone, police said.
When the student refused, he claimed the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. The student was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground by other unknown suspects who pummeled him with punches and kicks, police said.
A book bag and cellphone were taken from the student.
Police said the Wilkes student was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and later released.
The announcements released by the two institutions remind students never to walk alone during the day and night, and to call 911 to report suspicious activity.