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Kidnapping, assault close to campus

Report: Men force female into sedan

A female victim was kidnapped and sexually assaulted at 12:15 a.m. Friday morning near the intersection of Blossom and Assembly streets.

According to a City of Columbia police report, the victim said three black males drove up to her in a grey, four-door sedan and asked if she needed help carrying her bags.

When the victim said no and continued walking, one brandished a black pistol and ordered her to get in the car.

She complied and was sexually assaulted inside the vehicle, according to the report.

All three suspects were described as being clean shaven and wearing dark clothing. One had a short hair cut, another had shoulder-length dreadlocks and diamond earrings in both ears and the third was bald, muscular and had diamond earrings in both ears.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (247-6378).

According to the FBI preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2010, 708 violent crimes occurred in Columbia in the first half of 2010, compared with 611 the six months before.

USC students have two options for late-night transportation, but neither are available long after midnight.

Alpha Phi Omega National Service fraternity operates a van that runs from Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m.-12 a.m., 15 minutes before the incident occurred. USC’s Vehicle Management and Parking Services operates two Evening Shuttles from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


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