Villanova University warns students of man who allegedly targeted unsuspecting women on campus


VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — Villanova students are urged to take a good look at a photo of a man. Police say he may be on the lookout for unsuspecting women on campus.

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Villanova University says a man has committed crimes on campus in the past. Now he is accused of preying on female students.

On Wednesday night, Villanova told students to stay vigilant after police said the suspect was behind a number of crimes on campus. Now he is accused of taking pictures of female students, and students say this new information is troubling.

Villanova University is broadcasting a photo of Eugene Hammen, 40, to everyone on campus.

University police say he is the man who broke into a student’s room at Good Counsel Hall last October during the fall semester break.

Then, four months ago, police said Hammen struck again and was arrested for loitering outside Caughlin Hall.

After a months-long investigation, the university is issuing a new security warning after police say Hammen also took photos of female students outside South Campus residence halls.

“I was pretty disturbed. I know that stuff like that isn’t usually taken seriously on a college campus, so I was quite disturbed by that,” said Julia Volberg, a student.

CBS3 has been told that the victims have been notified.

During both incidents, the university said Hammen was driving a dark blue 2014 Ford Transit pickup truck.

Villanova does not believe he has returned to campus recently, but since he is no longer in prison, his photo is being shared and students are being asked to be on the alert.

“They had a list of some of the charges he was charged with and it’s just scary to know that someone over there is hiding and attacking some of the students here,” said Patrick Maggitti, a student.

Police say Hammen has no connection to the university. And since last fall, security has been beefed up by adding more lighting, cameras and license plate reader technology.

But students are urged to remain vigilant after Hammen was accused of repeatedly targeting campus.

“It’s really scary,” said student Jamie Pennington, “but I know Villanova are very aware of it, especially since last year, so I think everyone feels pretty sure about how Villanova handle it.”

CBS3 was told Hammen had received a no trespassing order and was to stay off campus.

But anyone who sees him is urged to call the police.

Hammen was charged with burglary, vagrancy and criminal trespass. He is due to appear in November for a preliminary hearing.


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