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Local police investigate alleged sexual assault

Few details available in Friday morning incident

Columbia police responded to a sexual assault allegation off-campus Friday at 2:30 a.m. at a residence on Greene Street. The female victim was taken to a local hospital, according to a Columbia Police Department press release. The press release also said that investigators are trying to figure out what happened and "obtain a description of the male suspect."

No arrests have been made, according to Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons, and Timmons would not confirm if the victim was a USC student.

Captain Eric Grabski, spokesman for USC's Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, said that state law prohibits the release of information regarding the victim in an alleged crime.

USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety posted a crime alert on its website Saturday and said the department will work with Columbia police to investigate the crime.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the survivor as she continues to recover," the website said. The website also has sexual assault facts and safety tips listed.

"Any time we have an alleged crime near or in our community we're going to make sure we advise our community safety steps that they can take," Grabski said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Midlands CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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