Penn State Altoona wants police report on stabbing incident

Penn State Altoona has not yet taken disciplinary action on a student charged with an alleged stabbing incident on Saturday in State College.

Charges have been filed against three Penn State students, according to a State College police release.

The most serious charge, aggravated assault, was filed against Brandon D. Frick, 21, who attends Penn State Altoona.

Frick was placed in the Centre County Prison on Saturday on $10,000 straight bail. He was released the next day, according to a database on the Centre County Correctional Facility web site.

A call to Frick was not returned on Monday.

Penn State Altoona spokeswoman Shari Routch said the campus is waiting to receive a police report before administering discipline.

At about 2:41 a.m. Saturday, State College police officers were dispatched to 220 E. Foster Ave. for a report that an individual had been stabbed, State College Police said.

On Saturday, police found two 22-year-old males who had suffered injuries. One of the alleged victims had a stab wound to his back and the other a minor incision at his right shoulder and a visible contusion to his face. Both males are students from other colleges who were visiting for the weekend.

State College police say that the two alleged victims went to the residence to visit a female friend. They were met at the door by several males who told them to leave. As one of the alleged victims attempted to call the female friend, the three suspects came out of the residence. Each of them were armed with what the alleged victims reported as knives, the media release states.

The suspects allegedly injured the young men as they attempted to flee, the release states. Both alleged victims were treated and released from hospital care.

University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the main campus is reviewing the case also because it also involves Penn State students William D. Stranburg, 21, and Robert W. Donaldson, 22, who attend the University Park campus. They were charged with lesser crimes than Frick.

“Our Office of Student Conduct is reviewing the case to determine next steps,” Powers stated in an email Monday. “The office just [Monday] received the police report and also has made contact with the alleged assailants. There will be a conduct hearing held shortly. The date has not yet been set, and it may be determined that their alleged involvement in this incident warrants separation from the university. That is yet to be decided following their hearing.”

The campus hearings are separate from court hearings. The three accused students will face a preliminary court hearing on Wednesday.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.