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:
Rape / Robbery

Date and Time:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 between approximately midnight and 1:00 a.m.

1400 Block of Blossom Street near East Quad Residence Hall

Suspect Information:
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Age: 20-30 years old
Height: Approx. 5'07" - 5'10"
Clothing: Wearing all black with a hat

USC Police were notified late this afternoon, that between approximately midnight and 1:00 a.m. on 2/19/2013, a female was walking in the area of the 1400 block of Blossom St near East Quad Residence Hall, when a suspect approached her and sexually assaulted her. He then took her wallet and phone. The victim did not see a weapon but believed he was armed. The suspect then fled the area.

The subject is described as a black male, approximately 5'07" - 5'10" approximately 20-30 years old, and wearing all black and a hat, possibly a baseball hat. The case is being investigated by the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety with the assistance of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

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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- 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 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.