Current University Status
Crime Alert

A CRIME ALERT has been posted to the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety's website

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

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

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

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

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