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HACC closes Harrisburg campus during police search - abc27 WHTM

HACC closes Harrisburg campus during police search

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg Area Community College closed its main campus for the day while police searched for a man wanted in the abduction of a student.

A college spokeswoman said the Harrisburg Campus was closed as a precaution in order to ensure the safety of its students and staff.

abc27's Dave Marcheskie reported that students could be seen scrambling to get off the campus just before noon as police searched the area on foot and with a helicopter.

The search was winding down by 1:30 p.m.

A police source told abc27 News that officers are looking for a black 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with a license plate of JBT-6688.

HACC's Penn Center, Campus Square, and Midtown campuses remained open.

The campus was closed hours after Harrisburg police announced they had identified a suspect in the abduction Monday of a HACC student.

Clarence Shaffer, 52, no fixed address, may be armed and should be considered dangerous, police said in a news release.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call their local police department immediately.

The victim, an 18-year-old suburban Harrisburg woman, told police she was abducted Monday morning from the West parking lot of HACC's Main Campus.

She said a stranger opened her car door and forced her into the passenger seat of her car, then drove her at gunpoint to the Enola area, where he pulled into a parking lot where the Conodoguinet Creek meets the Susquehanna River, forced her to walk to a wooded area and tried to sexually assault her, police said.

She said she was able to run when the attacker put down his gun, police said. She went to a nearby home for help and was not harmed, police said.

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