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USC sees third armed robbery

Suspects not found, Carolna Alert notifies students of attack near Swearingen

A third armed robbery near USC’s campus in less than three months took place Saturday evening at approximately 10:30 p.m.

According to a university-issued Carolina Alert, two black males stole an iPod from the victim outside of USC’s Swearingen Engineering Center on Main Street after striking the victim in the head with a weapon. The victim was not seriously injured and it is unknown if he or she is a USC student.

The first suspect was described as wearing a red hat and a red shirt, and the second suspect was described as having short dreadlocks and wearing a black shirt and hat.

After striking the victim, the suspects ran to a red Honda Accord, which was last seen heading westbound on Catawba Street.

Columbia Police Department and USC Department of Law Enforcement and Safety both searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects or the red Honda Accord, according to a subsequent Carolina Alert update posted online, emailed and text messaged at approximately midnight.

Both police forces are encouraging the Carolina community to report suspicious persons or activities and to be cautious when traveling alone at night.