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) - Attempted Kidnapping

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

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

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

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.

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