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Crime Log & Bulletins

Access daily crime logs and bulletins published by USC Police Department.

Daily Crime Log / Fire Log

Access a chronological record of all criminal incidents and residential fires reported to the USC Police Department within the past two months. Our Records Unit maintains updated current and past Crime/ Fire Logs. You can download one of these logs here or contact our Records Unit (803-777-5282) for the most updated copy or past copies.   View Log [pdf]

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Crime Bulletins

If a situation or incident is not immediately life threatening or is contained, a crime bulletin may be posted to provide a warning to the university community. Crime bulletins are issued when pertinent information is available and may also include relevant safety tips.  Unless an on-going threat is present, Crime Bulletins may be removed at the end of each semester.


Type of Bulletin: Community Awareness of Possible Assault

Incident Date and Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 around 7:00 p.m.

Suspect Name: Brian M. Wilbanks (pictured below) Age: 48

Height: 6’01”

Weight: approximately 195 lbs.

Alert Status: Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

Incident Location: 1300 Main Street, Columbia

On the evening of Friday, November 3rd, the Columbia Police Department received a complaint in reference to a suspect grabbing and touching a female near the 1300 block of Main Street, between the streets of Lady and Washington.  When police arrived, they detained Wilbanks, who matched the description provided by the caller.  Wilbanks admitted to the police that he exposed his private parts and grabbed a college-aged female, but police were unable to locate the victim. 

Due to Wilbanks appearing to be highly intoxicated at the time, he was arrested for public drunkenness.  Wilbanks has prior convictions for assault, drug possession, and property crimes.

On November 12th, Wilbanks was found inside the UofSC Band and Dance facility at 324 Sumter Street.  He was later transported by EMS to the hospital for a medical condition.

This bulletin has been generated out of an abundance of caution to alert the community that this individual frequents the area of campus and off-campus student housing locations. If there is someone in the community who may have been victimized by this individual, or if he is seen on the UofSC campus, we ask that you contact the USC Police at 803‐777‐4215, or text us on the RAVE Guardian Safety App.

assault suspect

 Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1‐888‐CRIME‐SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

 

Type of Bulletin: Assault and Battery First Degree and Kidnapping

Location of Incident: 506 Huger Street – Park Place Student Housing

Incident Date and Time: Friday, October 16, 2020 between 11:00 p.m. and midnight

Suspect Name: George Allen Sophocleous (SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED)

Age: 22

Height: 6’04”

Weight: approximately 160 lbs.

Alert Status: Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only. Suspect is currently in police custody.

Incident:  On the evening of Friday, October 16th, George Sophocleous (pictured below) allegedly entered a victim’s bedroom, removed an article of clothing and physically assaulted her while holding her against her will.

Criminal arrest warrants were obtained from a judge and the suspect has been arrested on charges of Kidnapping and Assault and Battery First Degree.

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This bulletin has been generated out of an abundance of caution to alert the community that this individual is known to have frequented the hospitality districts around campus. If there are others who have been victimized by this individual, we ask you contact the USC Police at 803‐777‐4215, or text us on the RAVE Guardian Safety App.

The university offers resources to victims of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence. For more information about these resources, please visit the Stop Sexual Assault webpage.

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. 
  • Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1‐888‐CRIME‐SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Type of Bulletin: Assisting other Agency – Robbery (Columbia Police Department)

Date and Time: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at approximately 2:15 a.m.

Location of Incident: 100 Block of South Assembly Street

Alert Status: Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only

Suspect Description by Witnesses:

  1. “Heavy-Set” White Male with a white shirt and a hat
  1. Black Male approximately 5’8” tall, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black “skinny” jeans and had “orange tip dreads”

Incident:

During the early morning hours, two individuals assaulted and robbed a victim near the YOUnion apartments  (100 block of South Assembly Street).  After physically assaulting the victim, the suspects stole a personal item from the victim and fled the area.  No weapons were involved.  Officers with the City of Columbia and University Police Departments circulated the area but the suspect was not located. The incident is being investigated by the City of Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report any related information to the Columbia Police Department, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:

  • If you see someone or something suspicious call or text
  • UofSC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

Type of Bulletin -- UPDATE 10/08/2020: SUSPECT ARRESTED

Assisting Other Agency: Columbia Police Department (CPD) Suspect Wanted for Murder 

Incident Date and Time:  Early Morning of October 04, 2020

Location of Incident:  1700 Block of Senate Street

Suspect Wanted for Murder:  Zachery Williams (pictured below) (SUSPECT ARRESTED 10/08/2020)

Suspect Description: 20-year-old, 5’9”, 145 lbs., Black Male with Brown Hair

Alert Status:  Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

Summary of Incident:

The suspect wanted for murder is a current UofSC student residing off-campus.

According to a CPD News Release, CPD investigators believe two suspects saw a male victim walking alone along the 1700 block of Senate Street on Sunday morning. Shortly after seeing the victim, it is believed Williams approached him, stole a personal item belonging to him and shot him before the two suspects drove away from the scene.

After the crime, a couple out for a morning walk found the victim and called 911.  When officers and EMS arrived, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A full CPD press release can be found at this link: Update: Arrest Made in Senate Street Fatal Shooting, Second Suspect Identified and Wanted.

Zachery WIlliams

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Zachery Williams is asked to immediately call 911.  Zachery Williams should not be approached and is considered armed and dangerous.

Members of the community may also contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

UofSC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

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Type of Bulletin:  Human/Sex Trafficking Hoax/Rumor on Social Media

Date: September 30, 2020

Law enforcement has recently received reports of individuals finding small stickers in the shape of dots or an upside‐ down, lowercase “e” on their vehicles. Because of fictitious information circulating on social media sites, individuals finding these stickers believed they may be targeted by sex traffickers.

This is a false rumor that has been spread on social media sites for several years and has been reported in several states throughout the country (please see link to news story below). There has also been an increase in similar reporting at other SEC universities.  The linkage of the stickers to human/sex trafficking is unsubstantiated.  There is no indication that finding decals or similar markings on a vehicle has anything to do with sex trafficking or any other crime.

Although this is a false rumor, if you feel your vehicle has been tampered with in any way, contact your local police department to report it. Additionally, as a reminder,  report  any  suspicious  activity  or  person(s)  to  local  law  enforcement. The UofSC community is strongly encouraged to download and utilize the free, Rave Guardian safety app (link below) to report suspicious activity or person(s) on‐campus or off‐campus.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact the University of South Carolina Police Department at (803) 777‐4215.

 

Sheriff: White dot on windshield is not sign of sex trafficking

Link to UofSC Rave Guardian Safety App

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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