Crime Bulletins

Date and Time:
Thursday April 28, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia PD) – Armed Robbery

Location:
700 Block of Henderson Street

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.  An emergency notification was not issued because there was a delay in reporting.

Suspect Information:
Two black male subjects both described as being between 5’6 and 5’8, slender, with short hair and dark skin.  Both males appeared to be between 15 and 20 years of age.

Incident:

A victim was approached by two suspects.  One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money.  The victim turned over some personal belongings and the suspects fled the area.

If you have any information concerning this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department or contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please click here for more information.
  • Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.
  • The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Leave and report it to the police immediately.

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Date and Time:
Thursday, April 14 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Suspicious Activity of Known Sex Offender

Location:
In the area of Senate and Pickens Streets

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

An emergency notification was not issued because the suspect was arrested and there was no immediate (on going) danger to the community.

Suspect Information:

Edwin Arnold Davis

Age: 40  Height:  5’08  Weight: 206

Criminal History:  Armed Robbery, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Voyeurism (Peeping Tom), and Trespassing

Booking Edwin Arnold Davis
Edwin Davis is a Registered Sex Offender.

Incident:

During the afternoon of April 14th, Edwin Arnold Davis was seen following a female student from the USC Horseshoe (902 Sumter Street) to her vehicle near the intersection of Pickens and Senate Streets.  The student called USC police and Edwin Davis was found walking out of nearby bushes.  Mr. Davis admitted that he was following the student.  He was later arrested for Breach of Peace.

Edwin Davis was trespassed and is prohibited from being on the USC campus.  He is not wanted by police at this time.  However, if he is seen on campus, please contact USC Police immediately by dialing 911 or using the RAVE Guardian Safety App.

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting you with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please click here for more information.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Leave and report it to the police immediately.

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Date and Time:

Friday, April 1, 2016 at approximately 12:50 a.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Armed Robbery

Location:
1400 Blossom Street – East Quad

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with email, text, website and social media was sent.

Suspect Information:
The suspect has been described as a white male, 18-21 years of age, around 6’ tall, with a thin build.  The suspect was wearing glasses, a black jacket and khaki shorts.

Incident:

At approximately 12:50 a.m. USCPD received a call from the City of Columbia Police Department about a man with a knife near the East Quad Residence Hall.  A victim reported that a white male had put a knife to his throat and demanded his wallet.  The suspect took the wallet and immediately left the area.  The victim was not injured.

Officers from USCPD and CPD circulated the area but the suspect was not located.  The case is being investigated by USCPD.  Anyone with information please call USCPD at 777-4215.

Members of the Carolina Community can also report a tip to CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting you with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please click here for more information.
  • Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.
  • The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Leave and report it to the police immediately.

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Incident Date and Time:
Friday, March 18, 2016 between 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Motor Vehicle Theft

Location:
300 Block of Sumter Street

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

An emergency notification was not issued because there was no immediate (on going) danger to the community.

Suspect Information:
Black male, approximately 5’4”, short haircut, wearing a blue button down shirt.  See composite sketch below:

Bolo Sketch 03-30-16

Incident:

The individual depicted above is a person of interest in a motor vehicle theft at the School of Dance.

He is suspected of taking the victim’s keys from her office and stealing her black Mercedes C Series sedan with SC license plate (AUQ646). Witnesses saw an individual matching the description inside the victim’s office prior to discovery of the crime.

If you have seen an individual matching this composite and description, please notify USCPD at 777-4215 or by sending a tip via the RAVE Guardian Safety app.

The free RAVE Guardian Safety App  turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting you with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

Members of the Carolina Community can also report a tip to law enforcement by contacting CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

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Incident Date and Time:

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at approximately 11:55 p.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Assault and Battery (Suspect was Arrested)

Location:
Thomas Cooper Library

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

An emergency notification was not issued because there was no immediate (on going) danger to the community.  The suspect was arrested by USCPD shortly after the incident.

Suspect Information:

Name – Christopher Jermaine Deas

Date of Birth  01/14/1976

Height – 5’7”    Weight – 140

Christopher Jermaine Deas

 

Incident:
At approximately 11:55 p.m. on February 28, 2016, USC Police responded to an assault call at the Thomas Cooper Library.  A student had been studying in the library and felt someone rubbing and pinching her toes under a table.  When confronted by the student, Deas left the area.  After leaving the library he was stopped by USC Police.  Deas was arrested for Assault and Battery 3rd degree and put on criminal trespass from USC property.

Further investigation revealed that Deas has committed the same type of assault on at least six university campuses in North and South Carolina.  He has also been known to return after being arrested.

If the suspect pictured above is seen on USC campus, please notify USC Police by dialing 803-777-4215, 911, or text us on the RAVE Guardian Safety App.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Carlos Jovany Hernandez was arrested earlier today by the Columbia Police Department.  He has been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree and Kidnapping in connection with the sexual assault that occurred Saturday, January 30, 2016 adjacent to USC campus in the 800 block of Barnwell Street.  He is currently in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Carlos Hernandez - CSC

Incident Date and Time:

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at approximately 3:45 a.m.

Type of Bulletin:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia PD) – Sexual Assault

Location:
800 block of Barnwell Street, Columbia SC / Between Greene Street and Gibbes Court

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with email, social media notification and web page posting only.

An emergency notification was not issued because the available information at the time of the incident lacked specificity and actionable information for the community.

Suspect Information:

Race:  Unknown

Age: 20-30

Approximate Height and Weight: 5’5 / 150

Clothing Description: Unknown

Direction of Travel: Unknown

Incident:
At approximately 3:45 a.m. on January 30, 2016, the victim was having a conversation with an unknown male near the corner of Barnwell Street and Gibbes Court.  The unknown male then told the victim that he had a weapon and forced her to a nearby location where he sexually assaulted her.  The suspect left the area in an unknown direction.

The case is being investigated by the City of Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community with information are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please click here for more information.
  • Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

 

Incident Date and Time:
Ongoing

Type of Bulletin:

Phone Scam / Fraud

Location:
USC Campus / Nationwide

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

Suspect Information:
Male or Female (sometimes with a foreign accent)

Incident:
Over the past year there have been several reports of victims across the nation, the State of South Carolina, and on the campus of the University of South Carolina reporting instances of phone scams / fraud. The phone scam involves suspects calling individuals and pretending to be the IRS or police and then telling victims they need to send money or else a warrant will be issued for their arrest. In some instances, the suspect has told the individual that he/she owed money for delinquent parking tickets.  The phone number is usually spoofed and may appear to be the same number as local police, the IRS, the FBI or some other government entity.

Local, state and federal authorities are aware of this scam. The FBI put out a press release earlier this week:  College Students Targeted in Phone Scam.

Safety Tips:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484
  • The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov
  • The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
  • Report incidents of theft of money /theft due to fraud and all other crimes on USC campus to the University of South Carolina Police Department.