Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Cops: Penn State students stabbed men from visiting college

Three Penn State University students have been arrested in connection with a stabbing early Saturday that injured two visiting students, State College police announced. 

Officers were dispatched shortly before 2:45 a.m. to a residence on the 200 block of East Foster Avenue. There, they found two 22-year-old men suffering from stab wounds to the back. One victim also had an injury to his face, according to investigators.

Police said both victims are students from other colleges who were visiting the campus for the weekend. 

An investigation allegedly revealed that the victims went to the third floor of the residence to meet a female friend. They were met at the door by several men, who police said told the victims to leave.

One of the victims tried to call the female friend. That’s when, according to police, three men, each armed with a knife, came out and confronted the visitors.

The victims turned and ran down the steps toward the front door, police said. As they tried to flee, their pursuers allegedly stabbed and slashed at them.

Police said one of the victims suffered a stab wound to the middle of his back and was rushed to Mount Nittany Medical Center before being airlifted to Altoona Hospital.

The second victim sustained a small incision to his right shoulder-blade area, as well as a contusion to his left eye. Both men were treated for their injuries and released Saturday. 

Police arrested Penn State students William Stranburg, 21, and Robert Donaldson, 22, along with 21-year-old Brandon Frick, who investigators said attends Penn State’s Altoona campus.

All three men are charged with making terroristic threats, possessing an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment. Frick faces additional charges of aggravated assault and simple assault.

Stranburg and Donaldson were released on $2,000 unsecured bail each, while Frick was jailed at the Centre County Prison on $10,000 full bail. All three men are next due in court April 16 for a preliminary hearing.


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