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Columbia Police identify, searching for suspect in Five Points bar attack of USC student

Student breaks jaw, teeth after put in sleeper hold and thrown to ground in Five Points

While USC computer information systems major Ryan Chisolm was standing in front of the Pour House bar, an unidentified man grabbed him from behind and placed him in a choke hold, causing him to pass out, and throw him to the ground, breaking his j
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While USC computer information systems major Ryan Chisolm was standing in front of the Pour House bar, an unidentified man grabbed him from behind and placed him in a choke hold, causing him to pass out, and throw him to the ground, breaking his j

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man accused of attacking a University of South Carolina student outside a Five Points bar.

The Columbia Police Department announced Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Daniel Halsey Wells, 29. The agency said his picture was not immediately available.

Wells is accused of walking up behind 22-year-old Ryan Chisolm, placing him in a chokehold until he was unconscious and then hurling him off to the side on March 19. Investigators have not determined a motive for the crime.

Chisolm landed on his face. The impact from the fall broke his jaw and pushed his teeth into his gums. Chisolm has said he did not know his attacker. The incident was captured through the social networking site Snap.

Wells is facing charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a written release by the Columbia Police Department. Chisolm’s attorney, state Rep. Justin Bamberg, lauded the police department’s investigators.

“An arrest is a happy but unfortunate moment, because we shouldn’t be here in the first place,” Bamberg said. “Nonetheless, we’re pleased that CPD has been able to track him down, and we’re looking forward to not just an arrest but an eventual criminal conviction.”

Bamberg added that Chisolm and his family would like to thank the University of South Carolina community and Columbia citizens for their support.

Shortly before Columbia Police identified Wells as a suspect, USC President Harris Pastides and the Five Points Association announced their backing of Chisolm. The association called the attack “cruel,” while Pastides called it “disconcerting.”

Investigators are asking that anyone with information relating to Wells’ whereabouts call 888-CRIME-SC, where an anonymous tip can be left.

Cynthia Roldán: 803-771-8311, @CynthiaRoldan

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