WILKES-BARRE — City police said a King’s College student was beaten and robbed of his mobile phone by a group of young men in the area of Madison and East North streets at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
The incident happened off campus.
Police identified the student as a 20-year-old man who initially refused to surrender his phone. The student claimed he was assaulted and knocked to the ground as the attackers stole his phone and wallet containing bank cards and money, police said.
The college issued an alert via text at 1:27 a.m. to students and faculty that was followed by an email regarding the incident, said King’s spokesman John McAndrew. The college’s alert stated the student was assaulted by three or four young men believed to be teenagers. Students are urged to never walk alone, stay in areas that are well lit and avoid wearing headphones, the alert states.
Later Friday afternoon, King’s released a surveillance picture of possible suspects in the area of East North and North Main streets.
The student was transported to an area medical facility, police said.
On May 7, two students were assaulted and robbed of their property in the downtown area. A student at King’s College was approached by a man in his teens who asked to use his cellphone. When the student offered his phone, the suspect ran with it behind the college’s gymnasium, where the student was attacked by a group of men, police said.
The student suffered a minor injury.
Less than one hour before that assault at King’s College, a student at Wilkes University was confronted by a group of men, one armed with a firearm, on West Northampton Street. The student at Wilkes was knocked to the ground and had his backpack stolen, police said.
A man also was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone on July 5 near Turkey Hill on George Avenue.
And police said a man was robbed of his mobile phone on Park Avenue on Aug. 3 after the suspect asked him for money and threatened to stab him.