“Suspicious Person” Arrested after Attempting to Follow Students into Residence Halls

By Katie Oglesby, Editor-in-Chief

Sunday evening, a social media post began going around warning students to be careful walking alone at night because of a few instances that had occurred during the evening with an individual following students.

At around 11 p.m., Director of Campus Safety Alex Wiltz sent out a campus-wide email alerting the student body to the situation. Wiltz noted that at approximately 8:37 p.m. they received a call about a “suspicious person” at Athena House (105 W. Water). He explained that this individual tried to follow residents into the building, but left when confronted.

At the time, Campus Safety and the Gettysburg Police Department (GPD) were unable to locate them.

Wiltz said that at around 10:39 p.m., Campus Safety received another call about an individual that matched the same description, but this time, they were trying to follow someone into Stine Hall. They ran when confronted.

Wiltz described the individual as a light-skinned male with dark clothes and possibly a mustache. He was probably between his late 20s and early 30s.

Wiltz reminded students to never let anyone into their residence hall buildings, and to call either 911 or the Campus Safety emergency line (717-337-6911) if in danger. He also reminded students to download the CampusShield App.

Wiltz sent an update at 11:53 that said the individual was taken into custody by the GPD and removed from campus.

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Author: Katie Oglesby

Katie Oglesby ‘23 serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Gettysburgian. She has previously served as Magazine Editor, News Editor, Assistant News Editor, and Staff Writer. She is an English with a writing concentration and political science major, hailing from San Diego, California, but now living in rural North Carolina. On campus, Katie works at the CUB information desk, is an Eisenhower Institute Fielding Fellow, and serves as co-service vice president for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She spent a semester abroad in Bath, England studying British literature and politics, and spent this past summer interning with the Winston-Salem Journal in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She can usually be found perusing books in the Musselman Library browsing room.

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