Victims in beating, homicide lured by tattooed female

cwinston@thestate.comMarch 18, 2014 

— Investigators are looking for a tattooed-woman and three suspects after several men were beaten and one was fatally shot over the weekend.

The incident occurred on Saturday at 1606 Fairlamb Avenue in Columbia.

At about 2 a.m., according to a release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, a female identifying herself as “Mariah” approached several men at Latino’s Bar and Grill on Old Percival, soliciting for sex. She is described as a light-skinned female (possibly black or Hispanic) with a tattoo on her upper chest, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-11, weighing150 pounds and between 18 and 22 years old.

Three men left the bar with her, and investigators believe they were followed home by three additional suspects. When they arrived at the home, two of the victims were severely beaten and robbed, and a third was shot and killed.

The suspects are believed to have been driving a light in color vehicle — possibly grey, beige or tan. The three men are described as: a heavy-set black male in his 30s; a young, thin black male with long braids; and a thin, shorter black male with short hair.

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