USC Crime Alert: Woman Sexually Assaulted on Campus

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- After an alleged rape and two robberies within recent weeks on the USC campus, officials announced Wednesday, 6 more officers have been added to the USC police force.

"We want to put people on notice and that is the purpose behind these crime alerts," says Wes Hickman, USC Spokesperson

The recent crime on the USC campus has faculty and students on guard.

"We want people to be aware that the crime occured," says Hickman

"The fact that we've had three crime alerts within the past week, something needs to be done," say Ian Porter, USC student who also works on campus.

The most recent crime alert involves a reported rape and robbery near the East Quad Residence Hall on Blossom Street.

The victim, who school officials will not confirm to be a student, says she was walking along Blossom Street when she was raped and robbed of her wallet and phone.

The victim told police she believed the suspect was armed, but did not see a weapon.

"This is a great concern to us, this is a heinous crime, and it's one that we're taking very seriously, our law enforcement agency is taking this very seriously," says Hickman.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years old standing 5'7" - 5'10" tall wearing all black and a hat, possibly a baseball hat.

School officials would not comment on any possible leads in the alleged rape case. As for the additional 6 officers, we're told that's just the start as more will be added over the next two years.




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