State College police offering reward for help in case

It’s not uncommon for police to request the public’s help.

Sometimes they need an anonymous tip to crack a case or for someone to come forward with information that will help identify a suspect.

This time, in a rare step, State College police have decided to offer a monetary reward for the public’s assistance after an officer was assaulted.

The reward, which has not been disclosed, would be for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an unknown suspect who attacked a uniformed officer. Police said in a statement that the officer was attempting to arrest another person for an alleged assault.

The incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. Sunday when the officer responded to reports of a fight on the 300 block of East Calder Way outside the Lion’s Den. The unidentified officer was in a struggle with a suspect when attacked from behind. The officer was reportedly punched in the face by the second suspect.

Police said a large group of people were witnesses to the attack and some recorded the incident on their cellphones.

State College police have asked for anyone with video or information about the incident to call 234-7150, email or submit an anonymous tip.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli