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Graffiti threat evacuates York student housing

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

Police evacuated a York City college residence early Friday morning after someone discovered graffiti that indicated a bomb threat.

The approximately 100 people who live at 239 E. Boundary Ave., an apartment building called The Lofts at Ribbon Place, were evacuated around 4 a.m., said Dan Berger, president of Berger Rental Communities, which owns and operates the building.

He said one of the company's contracted security workers found graffiti on a hallway wall inside the building. He said he wasn't sure what exactly the graffiti said, but it was some kind of threat.

"To be cautious the police evacuated the building," Berger said.

The residents were let back in after officers determined there was no danger, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley confirmed via text.

The local Red Cross chapter tweeted that it provided canteen services to about 60 people there who were evacuated.

Berger said his company and the police are reviewing the building's security cameras to try to figure out who did it.

He said his company sent a letter out to all the residents explaining that there had been a threat but nothing had been found.

The apartment building is geared toward college students, so people who attend Penn State York, York College and YTI live there. Berger said he believes the fact the graffiti was inside the building narrows down who could have done it.

"I would suspect it's a kid," he said.

Kahley said the police have no suspects.

The Lofts at Ribbon Place

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.