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Type of Bulletin:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Attempted Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
Sunday, April 13, 2014 around 1:05 AM

Location:
700 block of Pickens St.

Suspect Information:
Suspect 1:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Clothing: Black shirt, blue jeans
Suspect 2:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Clothing: White jacket, NY hat
Suspect 3:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Clothing: No description

Incident:
At approximately 1:05 AM on 4/13/2014, a male was approached by three black males in a white 4-door sedan. One of the suspects, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, exited the vehicle and presented a weapon. The second suspect was wearing a white jacket with a NY hat. There was no clothing description given of the third suspect. The victim fled as soon as he saw the gun. The suspects drove away from the scene towards Gervais Street. Nothing was taken and the victim was not hurt. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:25:27 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
Saturday, March 15, 2014 around 12:54 AM

Location:
800 Block of Barnwell St.

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Clothing: Black hoodie, dark pants

Incident:
At approximately 12:54 AM on 3/15/2014, a pizza delivery man was confronted by a black male with a gun who demanded money near the 800 block of Barnwell Street. The subject then fled the area towards five points and the victim sustained no injuries. Police patrolled the area and determined the subject was no longer in the vicinity. The subject is described as a black male wearing a black hoodie and dark pants. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:05:31 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department)
Information / Shooting Incident in Five Points

Date Posted:
October 13, 2013

Incident:
A University of South Carolina student was struck by a stray bullet in Five Points around 2:30 a.m. this morning near the fountain in Five Points. The person who fired the weapon was having an altercation with another individual and is not affiliated with USC. He was immediately arrested by Columbia police officers who were in the area. The subject is currently being detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The USC student was transported to Palmetto Richland hospital and is currently in critical condition.


Please see statement regarding this incident from president Pastides at the following link: http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/stories/2013/student_struck_by_stray_bullet.php

Posted Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:25:04 GMT


Type of Alert:
Alert Cancelled / False Report - Attempted Kidnapping

Date Posted:
September 24, 2013 at 5:15PM

Update:
After further investigation by law enforcement, it has been determined that there was no attempted kidnapping.

The student confessed to law enforcement that the incident did not occur. She is being charged by the Columbia Police Department with Filing a False Police Report and False Swearing. We appreciate the Columbia Police Department's diligence and professional response resulting in a quick resolution.

Students, faculty and staff are always encouraged to report unlawful or suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement by dialing 777-4215 or 911.

Posted Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:11:44 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Attempted Kidnapping

Date Posted:
September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm

Incident:
University and City of Columbia police have searched the area. The suspect has not been located at this time, nor has he been seen on campus. Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to immediately report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to local law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:28:15 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Attempted Kidnapping

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 around 10:30am

Location:
600 Block of Pickens St.
Pickens St. between Blossom and Greene

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Age: 30s
Clothing: Black shorts, white shirt
Other: Short hair, Stubble facial hair.


Incident:
At approximately 10:30am on 9/24/2013, a male approached a female near the 600 block of Pickens St. (between Blossom and Greene St.) He grabbed her arm from behind and instructed her to come with him. The female fled the area. The subject is described as a black male, in his thirties, with short hair, stubble facial hair, and wearing black shorts and white t-shirt. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to immediately report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:17:22 GMT


Type of Bulletin:
Crime - Assault 2nd degree

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 around 8:30pm

Location:
500 Block of Lincoln St.

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Age: 30's
Clothing: White hat
Other: Facial hair


Incident:
On 09/17/2013, an unidentified male subject approached a female between the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center and Greek Village off Blossom Street and asked for directions. As she was walking away, the subject grabbed her inappropriately and then fled the area. The subject is described as a deep tanned male in his thirties with facial hair. At the time he was wearing a white hat. The suspect may also drive or have access to a dark in color older model Dodge Durango. A composite sketch has been completed.



Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:45:42 GMT


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Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Attempted Kidnapping

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 around 10:30am

Location:
600 Block of Pickens St.
Pickens St. between Blossom and Greene

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Age: 30s
Clothing: Black shorts, white shirt
Other: Short hair, Stubble facial hair.


Incident:
At approximately 10:30am on 9/24/2013, a male approached a female near the 600 block of Pickens St. (between Blossom and Greene St.) He grabbed her arm from behind and instructed her to come with him. The female fled the area. The subject is described as a black male, in his thirties, with short hair, stubble facial hair, and wearing black shorts and white t-shirt. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to immediately report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:17:22 GMT


Type of Bulletin:
Crime - Assault 2nd degree

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 around 8:30pm

Location:
500 Block of Lincoln St.

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Age: 30's
Clothing: White hat
Other: Facial hair


Incident:
At approximately 8:30pm on 9/17/2013, a male approached a female near the Strom Thurmond parking lot and asked her for directions. As she was walking away, the suspect grabbed her inappropriately. The subject then left the area. The subject is described as a Hispanic male, in his thirties, with facial hair and a white hat.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:45:42 GMT


Type of Crime Bulletin:
Motor Vehicle Theft Trend

Date and Time:
August 9, 2013 - August 22, 2013

Trend:
Over the last two weeks USCPD and the Columbia Police Department have seen an increase in motor vehicle thefts, specifically older Jeep Cherokees that were made between 1996 and 2001. The majority of thefts have happened in close proximity to the university campus. Subject(s) are targeting vehicles in open parking lots or street spaces. There have been no signs of forced entry into the vehicles, however those vehicles that have been recovered show damage to the steering column. The cases are being investigated by USCPD and the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

What you can do:
- Park your motor vehicle in a well-lit location
- Be conscious of any suspicious persons or vehicles loitering about
- Completely secure your vehicle when leaving, for any duration
- Remove any visible items from the interior of the motor vehicle, such as cellular phones, lap top computers, purses/backpacks, etc.
- Don't leave valuable documents in the glove compartment
- Never leave your motor vehicle unlocked or running while unattended
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Contact law enforcement immediately if you see something suspicious
- Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your residence
- Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report
- If you have a vehicle that matches the description above, try and check on the vehicle at least once a day. Do not leave this type of vehicle parked for an extended amount of time without checking on it.

Posted Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:32:54 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
Friday, February 15, 2013 around 12:15 AM

Location:
700 Block of Pickens St.

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: Approx. 5' 11"
Weight: Approx. 160-170 lbs
Clothing: Hoodie
Vehicle: Red four door Toyota Camry with a spoiler


Incident:
At approximately 12:15 AM on 2/15/2013, one male was walking on Pickens St. when a red four door Camry with a spoiler stopped next to him. The suspect in the passenger seat asked the victim for the time, then got out of the car, and then pointed a weapon at the victim. A second suspect in the rear of the vehicle opened the rear door and told him to throw his wallet in. The vehicle then fled the area and the victim sustained no injuries. Once police arrived at the incident location, they determined that the suspects were no longer in the area. The subject is described as a black male, approximately 5'11", wearing a hoodie. The suspect in the rear seat is described as a black male, and the description of the driver is unknown. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com







Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:20:24 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Armed Robbery


Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 around 11:45 PM


Location:
800 Block of Sumter St.


Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Height: Approx. 6' 2"
Clothing: Grey hoodie, baggy jeans
Vehicle: Red four door car


Incident:
At approximately 11:45 PM on 2/13/2013, one female and one male were walking on Sumter St. when a male exited a red four door vehicle and approached them. As the subject got near, he pointed a weapon at them and told them to put their wallets on the ground. The subject picked up the wallets and got into the passenger seat of the car. The vehicle then fled the area and the victim sustained no injuries. Once police arrived at the incident location, they determined that the suspects were no longer in the area. The subject is described as a black male, approximately 6' 2", wearing a grey hoodie and baggy jeans. The description of the driver is unknown. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:32:57 GMT


Type of Alert:
Scholarship Scams

When looking into scholarships, be on the lookout for these signs. The "scholarship" may actually be a scam: 

- “You Need to Pay to Apply”
- “You Need to Buy Something to Be Considered”
- “You Need to Attend a Seminar to Be Considered”
- “You Won Something You Didn't Apply For”
- “The Scholarship is ‘Guaranteed’”
- “The Organization Wants Your Credit Card Information”
- “The Application Asks for Bank Account Information
- “You Don’t Need to Do Anything Other Than Provide Some Personal Information”
- “The Awarding Company is Untraceable”
- "You Can't Get This Information Anywhere Else"
- “You Have to Go to a Private Residence”
- Try these sites when searching for legitimate scholarships: Cappex.com, CollegeBoard.org, Scholarships.com

Be aware of scams on Craig’s List, the internet, and newspapers. Never go to a private residence alone or allow someone you don’t know well inside your residence.

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft:

- Don’t lose sight of your credit card or allow someone to take it away from your presence.
- Don’t trust people who claim they want to “employ” you to shop for them or buy from you.
- Before making purchases online or providing personal information like a birthdate or account number, check where an Internet link takes you.
- Computer firewalls, anti-virus protection, social media security settings and strong passwords can help protect digital information.
- Check bank and credit card statements regularly for suspicious purchases, and request a free credit report at least once a year.
- Utilize a credit monitoring service to keep track of suspicious activity on you financial accounts. (If you are a South Carolina resident, see if you're eligible for a free credit monitoring service.)
- Contact your Credit Card Company or financial institution immediately if you expect fraudulent use of your credit card or bank accounts.
-- If it seems too good to be true…it probably is. Don’t trust it.

For more information on Identity Theft and how to protect yourself, please visit our Identity Theft Tips page.

Posted Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:51:39 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Indecent Exposure

Date and Time:
Sunday, December 2, 2012 around 1:15 PM

Location:
349 Pickens St. / Rice St.

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: Approx. 175 lbs.
Weight: Approx. 6' 1"
Age: Approx. 20-30
Clothing: Black hoodie, black pants

Incident:
At approximately 1:15 PM on 12/2/2012, two females were walking on Pickens St. when a white male began walking towards them with his genitals exposed. The male subject was last seen walking eastbound on the railroad tracks that cross Pickens St. (near Rice St.). Subject is described as a white male, wearing a black hoodie and black pants. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:51:39 GMT


Type of Alert:
Robbery - UPDATE

Date Posted:
September 11, 2012 at 11:20am

Incident:
Investigators with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety have arrested two individuals for the robbery and assault of a student that occurred on September 6, 2012.

Johnnie Lee Howie and Rajshun Deonte Mayberry are currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of Robbery and Assault and Battery in the First Degree.

We would like to thank members of the community who came forward to provide valuable information that assisted with the criminal investigation. We value this partnership with our community and encourage all students, faculty and staff to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Posted Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:16:44 GMT


Type of Alert:
Indecent Exposure - UPDATE

Date Posted:
September 6, 2012 at 9:59AM

Update:
On August 24, 2012, in the area of Patterson Hall, an individual unlawfully exposed himself to a female student. Criminal investigators with the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety have since obtained an arrest warrant for the crime of indecent exposure and charged Luis Alberto Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was arrested early this morning and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Facility.

Students, faculty and staff are always encouraged to report unlawful or suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement by dialing 777-4215 or 911.

Posted Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:59:49 GMT


Type of Alert:
Strong Arm Robbery - UPDATE

Date Posted:
September 6, 2012 at 2:10am

Incident:
University and City of Columbia police have searched the area. The suspects have not been located at this time, nor have they been seen on campus. Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to local law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:10:11 GMT


Type of Alert:
Strong Arm Robbery

Date and Time:
Thursday, September 06, 2012 around 12:10 a.m.

Location:
Pickens St. Bridge

Suspect 1 Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Vehicle: None
Height: Approximately 6'3"
Weight: Slim
Age: Mid 20's
Clothing: White tank top, Dark pants
Other: Beard

Suspect 2 Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Vehicle: None
Height: Approximately 6'3"
Weight: Slim
Age: Mid 20's

Clothing: Dark tank top, Dark pants

Incident:
Just after midnight, a strong-arm robbery occurred near the Pickens Street walk bridge. Two males approached a student, punched him in the face, stole an undisclosed amount of money, and left on foot. No weapons were observed. Law enforcement is in the area at this time.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Thu, 06 Sep 2012 05:01:43 GMT


Type of Alert:
Larceny

Date and Time:
Friday, August 24 2012 around 3:08 p.m.

Location:
1320 Heyward Street

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Vehicle: unknown
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Age: unknown
Clothing: White t-shirt, dark colored shorts, and baseball cap
Other: Backpack






Incident:
At approximately 3:08pm on 08/24/2012, a male subject(s) entered the Academic Enrichment Center - "The Dodie" and entered an unlocked office. Once inside the office, the subject(s) removed a wallet which contained several of the victim's credit cards and other various items. The subject is described as a male, black, white t-shirt, dark colored shorts, baseball cap, and a backpack.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:36:31 GMT


Type of Alert:
Indecent Exposure

Date and Time:
Friday, August 24 2012 around 12:30 p.m.

Location:
700 Bull Street

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Possibly Hispanic
Vehicle: Dark Blue, Chevrolet Trailblazer
Height: Unknown
Weight: Overweight
Age: Unknown
Clothing: Other: Dark hair and wearing a t-shirt

Incident:
At approximately 1230 hrs on 08/24/2012, a male subject exposed his genitals and was masturbating in front of a female student. The male was sitting inside of a dark blue, Chevrolet Trailblazer that was parked at a meter on 700 Bull Street. Subject is described as a male, possibly Hispanic, dark hair and overweight, wearing a t-shirt.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:30:56 GMT


Type of Alert:
Subject Arrested - Unlawful Possession of Weapons on Campus

Date and Time:
August 21, 2012 around 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Maxcy Residence Hall

Incident:
On Tuesday August 21, 2012, officers with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety arrested a USC freshman on charges that he unlawfully possessed firearms on campus.

The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety received information that the student was suspected of possessing a handgun inside the Maxcy Residence Hall. Officers were immediately dispatched to the area and the suspect was located. A lawful search was conducted of the room and the subject's vehicle. Handguns were discovered and seized from the room, which resulted in the subject being arrested and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He has been released and is currently with his parents out of town.

Law enforcement worked closely with USC Housing staff to ensure the safety, security, and care of other residents. Steps were immediately taken to ensure that the subject could not return to or gain access to campus, upon his release.

This remains an ongoing criminal investigation. The student has been suspended from the University and is currently not allowed back on campus.

Students, faculty and staff are always encouraged to report unlawful or suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement by dialing 777-4215 or 911.

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:37:26 GMT


Type of Alert:
Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
Thursday, June 28, 2012 around 9:30 p.m.

Location:
Parking lot behind Byrnes Center, between Main St. and College St. (Near Hunter Gatherer restaurant)

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Vehicle: none
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Age: Late 20s
Clothing: Gray jeans, white tank top
Other: Braided hair

Incident:
At approximately 9:30 p.m., USCPD received a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot behind the Byrnes Center near the intersection of Main St. and College St. near the Hunter Gatherer restaurant. The suspect presented a weapon and took the victim's wallet and cell phone.

The victim was not injured. The subject was last seen on foot on College St. towards Assembly St.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:22:30 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department)

Date and Time:
June 17, 2012 around 2:10 a.m.

Location:
900 Block of Sumter Street (803 Hookah Bar Parking Lot)

Suspect Information:
Sex: One male
Race: Black
Vehicle: none
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Age: unknown
Clothing: Green shirt with white shorts
Other: none

Incident:
At approximately 2:10 a.m., USCPD received a report of a shooting in the parking lot outside of the 803 Hookah Bar on Sumter St. The suspect shot the victim in the leg and then immediately fled the area on foot eastbound on Pendleton St. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Posted Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:18:53 GMT


Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department)
Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
May 30, 2012 around 5:45 p.m.

Location:
Sumter St. and Devine St.

Suspect Information:
Suspect 1:Black male, large build with long hair (not dreadlocks)
Suspect 2:Black female
Vehicle: Silver Nissan Altima
Age: Unknown
Clothing: Unknown

Incident:
The victim was walking down Sumter Street at Devine Street and was approached by two suspects in a silver Nissan Altima. The female suspect was driving. The male suspect passenger called the victim over and then grabbed him from inside the vehicle. The suspect had something in his hand which may have been a weapon. The suspects took the victim's money and fled the area southbound on Sumter Street.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.+
Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency - Sexual Assault / Kidnapping

Date and Time:
April 14, 2012 around 2:45 a.m.

Location:
5 Points Area

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: White
Vehicle: Blue Taxi Cab
Weight: Skinny
Other: Beard

Incident:
At approximately 2:45 a.m., a student took a cab from 5-points to her residence. Before being dropped off, the taxi driver solicited her to perform sexual acts on him. The victim refused, and the taxi driver would not bring her back to her residence. He continued to drive her around and attempted to physically force her to perform sexual acts on him. When she again refused, the driver took her back to her residence and left the area. The subject was described as a skinny, white male with a beard driving a blue cab. The victim was not physically injured. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- Call 911 if a driver diverts from a normal route back to your residence. If you cannot speak, dial 911 and leave the line open to allow the dispatcher to hear what is going on at your location.

- If possible, let a friend know you are leaving and when you expect to arrive home.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Type of Alert:
Armed Robbery - UPDATE

Date Posted:
April 1, 2012 at 12:05am

Incident:
City of Columbia and University police have searched the area. The suspects have not been located at this time, nor has the suspect vehicle been seen on campus. Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to local law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.
Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency - Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
March 31, 2012 around 10:30 p.m.

Location:
300 Block of Main St

Suspect Information:
Sex: Two Males
Race: Black
Vehicle: Red Honda Accord
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Age: Unknown
Suspect #1: Clothing: Red hat and red shirt
Suspect #2: Black hat and black shirt with short dreads

Incident:
At approximately 10:30 p.m., a robbery occurred on Main St. in front of Swearingen. The suspects presented a weapon, struck the victim in the head and stole an iPod. The suspects fled on foot to a red Honda Accord which then left area westbound on Catawba St. The victim was not injured. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department)
Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
March 15, 2012 around 10:30 p.m.

Location:
1900 Block of Pendleton near Laurens Street

Suspect Information:
Sex: Two Males
Race: Black
Vehicle: Silver/Light color SUV
Suspect#1 (Driver) unknown description
Suspect#2 (Passenger)
Height: approx. 6 feet
Weight: approx. 160
Age: approx. 25-30
Clothing: Unknown
Other: Clean Shaven

Incident:
At approximately 10:30 p.m., a silver/light in color SUV pulled up beside the victim near the corner of Laurens and Pendleton streets. The suspect pulled out a handgun and robbed the victim. The suspects then immediately fled the area in the vehicle. The victim was not injured. The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.


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