Crime

August 25, 2014

Suspect who robbed USC student at gunpoint Thursday identified

University of South Carolina police have released the identity of a suspect they say robbed a student at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

University of South Carolina police have released the identity of a suspect they say robbed a student at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

Kevin Rick Oneal, 40, is wanted for armed robbery, and is actively being sought by members of law enforcement, a bulletin issued by the police department Monday night said.

Oneal is described as a black man, standing five foot six inches tall and weighing 180 pounds.

The student told police that he was accosted around 12:40 am Thursday morning as he walked across the USC Horseshoe.

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.

In addition to Thursday’s incident, USC students were warned about a potential armed gunman on campus early Sunday morning.

According to the Carolina Alert system Twitter feed, an armed subject to be near the Russell House on Green Street was reported a little after 1:30 a.m.

Wes Hickman, a university spokesman, said the campus was not put on lock down, but students were advised to seek shelter and stay indoors.

An hour later, Carolina Alert then sent out another message that said police have searched the area and were unable to locate the individual.

The two incidents on the USC campus are the latest in a number of armed robberies involving Columbia-area students.

Between August 3 and 12, there have 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 Avenue.

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.

Rachael Myers Lowe and Harrison Cahill contributed to this report.

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