The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 14, 2013

Greenville police probe reported weekend assault

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

GREENVILLE — Police in Greenville want to quash rumors that dangerous guys are prowling around town attacking people.

The rumor stems from a report filed by a Greenville woman stating she was assaulted at about 1 a.m. Sunday at the western end of Plum Street in the borough, Greenville-West Salem Township police said.

ÒWe just want to reassure people that we are investigating,Ó Sgt. Paul J. Molton said, adding police have no leads in the case.

The woman was walking from a business on South Mercer Street and felt she was being followed, police said.

When she got to Plum Street, two white males jumped her from behind, took an unknown amount of money from her pockets and left her with a black eye, police said.

The woman told police she did not know where on Plum Street she was at the time of the assault but made it home and her boyfriend called 911.

Police said there were no weapons involved, and the woman was not verbally threatened.

Police have received a stream of calls questioning the incident, since a number of posts on Facebook about the incident raised concern among some Greenville residents, Molton said.

It was only the second assault this year and the juveniles who earlier attacked an elderly man were caught the day after it happened, according to Molton.

"This normally doesn't happen in Greenville," he said. "Officers patrol that area."

Linda Seiple, a resident of the sub-100 block of Plum Street said, "I can't tell you the last time I saw the police here. Unless someone calls, I never see the police here, ever."

Molton asked that people take necessary precautions when out for a walk: don't walk alone, tell someone where they are going, and always carry a cell phone.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call the police department.