The Daily Gamecock

Armed robbery at Russell

Man in dark clothing robs victims near ATMs Thursday; no suspects identified

An armed robbery  occurred near the ATMs behind Russell House Thursday around 10:30 p.m.

The victims were approached by an 18- to 25-year-old man wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and a gray hooded sweater who proceeded to demand money from them with a firearm, according to a police report.

The suspect then fled on foot toward Greene Street.

The incident is still under investigation, and there is currently no suspect in the case, said Major Eric Grabski with USC’s Department of Law Enforcement and Safety.

“Anytime something like this happens, it increases our awareness and the community’s awareness,” Grabski said.  “Our officers are on the alert to anything that’s similar.”

Grabski said students should walk in well-lit areas or with others.  He also encourages students to use the university’s call boxes or immediately call the police in an uncomfortable situation.

It’s the second high-profile crime alert posted by the university in the past month.  A sexual assault was reported in January at Assembly and Blossom Street, but no further details have been released.