New details emerge in case against Penn State Harrisburg student in jail after alleged State College sex assaults

mcarroll@centredaily.comOctober 14, 2013 

— New details were made available Monday in the case against a Penn State Harrisburg student charged with grabbing and violently assaulting two women he approached on the street early Sunday in State College.

Claudius Taylor, 19, faces two felony robbery counts and seven misdemeanor charges including indecent assault and false imprisonment.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that Taylor, of Odenton, Md., approached the first woman at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday near Foster Avenue to ask for directions but then started to grope her.

Ignoring her commands for him to stop, Taylor instead grabbed and dragged the woman into a yard and out of view, police said in the complaint.

She began screaming and was able to grab a bucket and hit Taylor in the head. The man then snatched her cellphone and ran off, police said.

Taylor approached another woman around 3 a.m. in Fairmount Park, a short distance from the site of the first attack. There he allegedly sneaked up behind the woman and punched her in the head multiple times before knocking her to the ground and pinning her there.

Police who were responding to another incident on Hetzel Street heard cries for help and responded. A man later identified as Taylor ran from police. He was caught in Osage Alley near East Prospect Avenue after a six-block chase.

A 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, helped police end the chase, the department announced via Twitter.

Both women identified Taylor as their attacker, police said.

He remains in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing for the man is set for Oct. 23 in Centre County Court.

An attorney for Taylor was not listed.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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