Crime

August 26, 2014

Suspect in armed robbery at USC arrested by police

A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a University of South Carolina student has been arrested Tuesday, according to the USC Police Department.

A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a University of South Carolina student has been arrested Tuesday, according to the USC Police Department.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, information received from CrimeStoppers led USCPD investigators and agents from SLED to locate and arrest Kevin Rick Oneal, 40, for his involvement of robbing a USC student at gunpoint.

According to an incident report filed with the department, Oneal approached a student who was walking through the Horseshoe on USC’s campus on Thursday near Sumter Street and and asked him for money. When the student said he did not have any, the suspect removed a pistol from his right pocket and pointed it at the victim.

The victim informed Oneal that he had money in his room at the East Quad dormitory, where the victim led him, according to the report.

Oneal was caught on security surveillance video cameras walking through the Horseshoe and entering the East Quad.

He is currently being questioned by USC police and the investigation is ongoing, according to the post.

The incident was the first of several which students were warned about by the Carolina Alert system. Other incidents reported to students included a man who exposed himself to female students walking near the campus and reports of an armed suspect on campus near the Russell House on Greene Street.

The most recent incident happened early Tuesday morning when a 19-year-old male victim was struck in the head with an object by an unknown person as he walked from USC’s Greek Village. The victim reported that money was stolen from his wallet, according to Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

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