Crime & Courts

Man robbed, assaulted in student housing apartment complex, Columbia police say

A 20-year-old man living at a Columbia student housing complex was robbed and assaulted after trying to sell an electronic cigarette on social media, according to a statement from the Columbia Police Department.

The man was trying to sell a Juul electronic cigarette when he was contacted by two suspects online, according to the statement. The group agreed to meet at the man’s apartment at The Hub Saturday.

The two suspects showed up at the complex and repeatedly assaulted the man, according to the statement. They allegedly also stole the Juul, a pod pack, a phone and cash.

Police released photos of the suspects Wednesday in hopes of identifying them.

If you have information about the men, police ask that you contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.