A night desk clerk at the Hotel State College was assaulted early Monday morning by an unidentified man wielding a large skeleton key, borough police said.
Police are searching for the suspect, who repeatedly hit the clerk with the key in what authorities are calling a possible attempted robbery. The assault occurred around 1:50 a.m.
Police described the man as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a heavy, muscular build. He was wearing all black clothing and a black Spider-Man mask.
The clerk was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for observation after the assault.
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Nothing was reported missing from the hotel after the incident. But police think the assault may have been a robbery attempt, judging by the man’s attire.
The key used in the assault and the mask were left behind. The key, which appears to be a decoration or paperweight, is about a foot long and weighs a little more than a pound.
Police said they will send the items to a crime lab to obtain possible DNA evidence.
Meanwhile, anyone with information is asked to call State College police at 234-7150.