University of South Carolina police are questioning two male suspects who allegedly entered several female students’ dorm rooms early Friday morning, according to an incident report filed with the USC Police Department.
The report said USC police received a call about suspicious activity from the Columbia Hall Residence, a co-ed, freshman dormitory at Barnwell and Pendleton streets. The officers met with a resident mentor, who said female students from six different dorm rooms said two male suspects believed to be students entered their room, between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. the morning of Aug. 22, according to the report.
The responding officer met with one female victim who said at 3:15 a.m. “she awoke to find a male staring at her,” the report said. The victim said the man was very close to her face, but not touching her, and was asking her questions about whether she was joining a sorority or if she wanted to come back to his room located in the residence hall, the report said.
The victim said she couldn’t remember which room number the suspect said he was in, but she said there were two men in the room, one with a non-American accent, speaking to each other, the report said.
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According to university spokesman Wes Hickman, campus police have identified two suspects involved in the incidents. No charges have been filed as of yet, he said.
Hickman said there are no signs of forced entry into the rooms. He advises students to make sure to lock their doors at night and when they leave.
The victim said one of the suspects was white, tall and had blonde hair while the other suspect was white or possibly of “eastern descent,” dark hair and dark facial hair, according to the report. After waking up the next morning, the victim said a pair of her sunglasses and a water filter were missing from her room.
That victim said later in the day, she began to overhear other female residents describe similar incidents that had occurred to them that same morning, the report said. The victim said after talking to a group of female residents, one of the residents said she knew who the suspects were and where they lived.
At 4 p.m., the victim and other female residents confronted one individual they believed to be a suspect, and the individual repeated, “I’m sorry,” several times, the report said. The individual denied taking the victim’s sunglasses and water filter, but would reimburse her for the cost of each of the stolen items, which the student said was about $255.
The responding officer said in the incident report that he spoke with another victim about a similar incident that occurred on the same morning, 15 minutes after the first incident. The victim said at 3:30 a.m. she “woke to find two males in her room. (The victim) stated that a man with dark hair and dark facial hair was sitting on her feet,” according to the report.
She said both men were asking her and her roommate questions such as their names and if they were rushing for a sorority, the report said. The victim described one of the males as having “an accent that was not American.” The victim did not report anything missing from her room.
The officer said in the report that he spoke with several other female residents from various rooms in Columbia Hall and that each of them described a similar incident and provided similar descriptions of the suspects.
Officers responded to the room which was reported to be the suspects’ room, but were unable to make contact with anyone living in the residence, the report said.
USC police are continuing to investigate the incidents, they said Wednesday.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call CrimeStoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.