The Office of Public Safety sent out the following email to the campus community this afternoon:
The man suspected of committing crimes on our campus and elsewhere in the Easton area last weekend is incarcerated in Northampton County Prison. The suspect, Duane Connelly of Phillipsburg, N.J., was apprehended last night by Easton Police and arraigned this morning before District Judge Ralph Litzenberger of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. In addition to charges related to the crimes on our campus (criminal intent to commit kidnapping, robbery, and flight after commission of a theft) he also is charged in connection with other robberies and car theft. Bail was set at $500,000.
The College will continue monitoring and investigating the case in partnership with the Easton Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Phillipsburg Police, Forks Township Police, and other law enforcement authorities and will continue to keep the campus community informed as the situation warrants.
Providing a safe and secure campus environment is the College’s highest priority. The campus community is reminded that information on safety and security policies and procedures is found on the Public Safety web site (http://publicsafety.lafayette.edu/), including crime prevention tips, the annual security and fire safety report, and information on how to sign up to receive emergency alerts via text message through the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. The alert service is one component in a comprehensive incident response plan that is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis and includes protocols for insuring the safety of the campus community in the event of emergencies of all kinds.