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Man reached under bathroom stalls in USC buildings, tried to fondle women, police say

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Police are looking for a man who entered women’s restrooms in buildings on the University of South Carolina campus, reached under stalls and tried to fondle the women in the stalls.

It happened around 6 p.m. Monday at the Jones Physical Science Building on the 700 block of Main Street and the Hamilton College Building on the 1500 block of Pendleton Street, the USC Police Department said in a crime bulletin Monday night. The two buildings are about half a mile apart.

A man entered the women’s restrooms at both buildings and reached under the stall dividers in an attempt to fondle the women while they were in adjoining stalls, police said.

There was no word on whether surveillance images are available, but the man is described as an African-American male about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, police said. He was wearing a long-sleeve gray sweatshirt, dark pants, Adidas tennis shoes and was carrying a dark backpack.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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