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Crime Alert

A kidnapping and sexual assault occurred at 12:15 a.m. Jan. 20 near the intersection of Blossom and Assembly streets.

According to a City of Columbia police report, the victim said three black males in a grey, four-door sedan approached her while she was walking. One of the three had a pistol and told her to get into the car.

The suspects are described as being between the ages of 19 and 25. One is clean shaven with a short hair cut. Another is described as clean-shaven with shoulder-length dreads and diamond earrings in both ears. The third is described as clean shaven, bald and muscular with diamond earrings in both ears.

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The incident is being investigated by City of Columbia police department and assisted by the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-crimesc (274-6378).

Campus safety is the university's top priority, and every member of the community is urged to exercise caution. Personal safety information is available from the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety at and the Columbia Police Department at

Vehicle Management and Parking Services operates the Evening Shuttle consisting of two seven-passenger vans running from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. when classes are in session. Stops are at the Coliseum, Music, Russell House, Nursing, BA/Capstone, Maxcy, Byrnes Center, CLS, Swearingen, the Roost, Bates, the PE Center/South & East Quad area, and the Greek Village. A white strobe light and a color scheme related to the Carolina Shuttle System will identify the Evening Shuttle. Students, Faculty, and Staff can wait inside residence halls or academic college lobbies and see the shuttle from a secure area. A map of the evening shuttle routes can be found at

APO Escort service is sponsored by the Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

As a service to the University community, APO provides escort transportation anywhere on campus. APO helps make night travel safer by operating a van which picks up and drops off people during the late night hours. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of this free service. This service is available from Sunday through Thursday, 8pm to12am . To arrange a pickup, just call 777-DUCK (3825). The APO website can be found at


By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 01/21/10 @ 7:00 PM | Updated: 01/26/11 @ 9:30 AM | Permalink

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