Crime Bulletins

UPDATE: March 23, 2018


Type of Bulletin:

Assisting other Agency (Columbia Police Department)

Aggravated Assault

Date: March 19, 2018 around 10:40 PM

Alert Status:

The City of Columbia and USC Police Departments are searching for a man who committed an aggravated assault near the 700 Block of Henderson Street adjacent to the USC campus.

The suspect is described as a 49-year-old black male, 6’04 in height and weighs approximately 300 lbs.  He was last seen heading toward Blossom Street wearing black shorts with a gray hoodie.  He may be wearing different clothes at this time.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony Alonzo Baker pictured below.  Anyone with information, please dial 911 immediately.  The City of Columbia Police Department is investigating.

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.

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.

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.


Type of Bulletin:

Email Scam Targeting the USC Community

Date: January 25, 2018

Alert Status:

The USC Police Department has received several reports of check scams targeting our community.  The most common scam involves a man who portrays himself to be Gary Rivera. He obtains a random student email from the directory and then contacts the person via email with an unbelievable job offer.  He offers to pay the email recipient a sum of money up front and then sends the student a check for more than the amount agreed upon.  He then asks the recipient to deposit the check into his/her bank account and instructs them to send the extra money back to him.  After doing so, the original check is returned by the bank for insufficient funds and the student is now out his or her money. The checks have ranged from $500 to upwards of $7900.00.

Another common scam involves an individual portraying himself as a Dr. Christopher C. Babbitt, who claims he is with the University.

These scams, and others like them, have been happening all over the country. Some of the scammers go as far as threatening the recipient or pressuring the recipient in other ways.

Remember to always ask questions about why someone is giving you money or why you are sending them money. NEVER provide your personal information to someone that you do not know.

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Remember you can always call USC Police if you have any questions or concerns.