Loyola College student assaulted

May 03, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A Loyola College student who was walking along York Road on Sunday night was confronted by a group of juveniles, one of whom threw a rock that hit him in the head, causing minor injuries, authorities said yesterday.

The area where the aggravated assault occurred is commonly traversed by Loyola students, who walk along York Road to various bars and other entertainment spots.

The head of the college's public safety department said that the school did not issue an on-campus alert to students about the incident.

"In this particular case, it didn't give rise to that type of incident alert," said Timothy Fox, the college's director of public safety, transportation and parking.

Fox said the college is not required by law to give warnings for such incidents that happen to students off campus property.

According to city police, the student - 19-year-old Sean T. Gloth II - was walking with a woman in the 5300 block of York Road when they were approached by four male juveniles at about 8:20 p.m. The boys began shouting and cursing at Gloth and the woman, and as he was walking away, one of them threw a rock, which hit him in the head, police said.

Gloth and the woman ran back to his campus apartment, where they called 911, a police spokeswoman said.

He sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Sinai Hospital, police said.

Reached by telephone, Gloth said: "I'm doing well, but I can't really speak because I have to go to an exam."

Maj. Michael Pristoop, commander of the Northern District, said officers investigated the incident and have not yet been able to make arrests in the case. He said the assault was uncommon for the area and not part of any recent pattern.

Pristoop said that last year, juveniles had been responsible for a spate of robberies and assaults in the area, but police made arrests in those cases.

So far this year, Pristoop said, robberies have declined 33 percent in the Loyola area, while aggravated assaults are down 66 percent.


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