Crime

August 21, 2014

Student threatened with gun on USC Horseshoe, surveillance photos of suspect released

A student walking through the USC Horseshoe early Thursday morning was robbed by a man who threatened him with a gun, university police said.

A student walking through the USC Horseshoe early Thursday morning was robbed by a man who threatened him with a gun, university police said.

The student told police that he was accosted around 12:40 am Thursday morning as he walked across the Horseshoe. He was approached by a black man about 6-feet tall and wearing a light grey t-shirt and khaki pants.

The suspect made the victim take him to his East Quad dorm room when the victim said he did not have any money on him. The suspect, photographed by USC surveillance cameras, was last seen leaving East Quad heading toward Five Points.

The early Thursday armed robbery on the USC campus was just the latest armed robbery of Columbia-area students.

Between August 3 and 12, there have also been four armed robberies or attempted armed robberies involving one or more suspects who brandished guns and demanded property from the victims. These incidents have occurred in an area between between Harden Street and North Millwood Ave.

No arrests have been made in any of these incidents.

The university is cautioning students, faculty and friends to be aware of their surroundings when walking on campus, especially when walking at night.

“Due to the close proximity to the University of South Carolina and the Five Points entertainment district, students, faculty and staff are being advised to use caution when traveling in this area, especially at night,” a USC crime alert said.

 

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