Man attacked and stabbed in downtown State College

A 41-year-old man was beaten and stabbed three times while walking in downtown State College last night, searching for a friend who had called for his help.

State College police say they are now searching for the person, or people, responsible, but don’t have any descriptions.

Police say the victim and his wife drove to State College from Mifflinburg around 11:15 p.m. yesterday after a friend had vehicle trouble and needed help in a downtown parking lot.

When the couple arrived, police say the man began searching for his friend on foot between the 400 block of E. College Avenue and the intersection of East Beaver Avenue.

That’s where he was assaulted, first hit on the head, then stabbed three times, police say.

At the time, he was wearing an Ohio State baseball hat, a red hooded Ohio State sweatshirt, shorts, sandals, and eyeglasses. Police say several of those items are now missing.

The man couldn’t give police any description of his attacker, and said he was not involved in any confrontations prior to the stabbing, police report.

He was able to flag down his wife after being stabbed, and she drove him to Mount Nittany Medical Center, police say.

He was later taken to Altoona Hospital because of the severity of his injuries, and he is scheduled to have surgery today, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call State College police at 234-7150, or Centre County Crimestoppers at 1-877-992-7463.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to State College police at

Sara Ganim can be reached at 231-4616.

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