Police release robbery PSA

January 2, 2014

On Jan. 2, the City of Williamsport Bureau of Police released the following Public Safety Announcement:

The Williamsport Bureau of Police would like to alert the citizens of Williamsport that they are currently investigating a series of street robberies occurring throughout the city. 

These robberies are similar in that during several robberies victims are approached from behind and punched in the head, knocking the victims to the ground. The actors then remove belongings from the victims, including cell phones, money, and other items of value. 

The description of the actors in all of these robberies is very similar. Two black males, both approximately 6 feet tall wearing beanie style hats and dark clothing. No further descriptions have been provided due to the fact that the victims are approached from behind and knocked to the ground unsuspectingly. 

Police made the following reccommendations:

Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times. 

While walking on streets, sidewalks, and other public places, avoid wearing headphones, ear buds, talking on cell-phones, and playing on the phone which diverts attention to your surroundings. 

Avoid large groups of teens or young adults. If encountered, attempt to walk away or move to the other side of the street. If you believe you are in immediate danger call 911. 

Anyone with information regarding these robberies/assaults is encouraged to report the information to the Williamsport Bureau of Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 570-327-7529.