Columbia Police are interviewing a male victim in connection with a strong arm robbery early Tuesday morning that forced University of South Carolina officials to issue a third crime alert to students in less than a week.
Jennifer Timmons, a department spokeswoman, said in a news release that officers responded to a report of a strong arm robbery at the 1100 block of Whaley Street shortly before 3:30 a.m.
Officers from the University of South Carolina and Columbia police departments attempted to meet with the 19-year-old male victim, but he ran away from the officers for unknown reasons and fell down an embankment into a creek, according to Timmons.
Timmons said after officers pulled the victim from the creek, the victim said he was walking from the USC’s Greek Village when an unknown person hit him in the head with an object and stole cash from his wallet.
The victim was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for a cut on his head, Timmons said.
Officers were given various accounts of the incident and continue to investigate as well as interview the male victim, according to Timmons.
Students received a message through the Carolina Alert system of an armed robbery that occurred at the intersection of Whaley and Main streets at 3:30 a.m.
This is the third alert issued to students in less than a week. The most recent alert was issued Sunday when reports of an armed suspect was spotted on campus forcing university officials to advise students to stay indoors.
USC Police said they are also looking for Kevin Rick Oneal, 40, who is the man suspected in the armed robbery of a student at the East Quad dorms on Thursday.
Columbia police are continuing to investigate the incident with USC police assisting.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents should call CrimeStoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.