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 - Armed Robbery

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

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

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

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- 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.