Seven to be charged with links to campus crimes last month

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

Wilkes-Barre police filed warrants for the arrest of seven men in connection with a crime spree that included an assault on Wilkes campus.

Police plan to charge the suspects with terrorizing people with armed robberies and physical assaults throughout the city over a series of days.

The spree of armed assaults and robberies occurred last month on East Main Street , Arch Street, Lehigh Street, Old River Road and West River Street between Jan. 20 and Jan. 22.

Police said a firearm was used in each of the incidents. Some of the victims suffered injuries in the attacks.

One of the attacks involved a male undergraduate student who was robbed and assaulted in front of Waller Hall on 40 W. River St. According to Public Safety, the attackers approached the student in a white sedan.

According to police, the same vehicle was involved in a similar attack on Old River Road later in the evening.

The vehicle that was suspected to be involved in this spree was located on Jan. 23. According to the police department release, officers pulled the car over and identified some of the suspects.

All the suspects were identified through a criminal investigation.

The seven charged include two adults and four 16-year-olds, who police say will be charged as adults due to the severe nature of the crimes. A 14-year-old boy suspected to be involved will be tried in juvenile court.

Investigators identified Quincy Michael Patrick, age 18 of Larksville, and Jahmel Rashon Wadley, age 20 of Wilkes-Barre, as the adult suspects.

The planned arrests were announced by Wilkes-Barre city police on Feb. 8.