CPD working to gather more information on USC strong arm robbery report

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police are continuing their investigation into a reported strong arm robbery on the University of South Carolina campus early Tuesday morning.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 3:30 a.m. at Main and Whaley streets. Police say the 19-year-old victim actually ran from officers when he was approached.

CPD spokesperson Jennifer Timmons adds that the victim also had to be rescued from a creek after he fell down an embankment when he was running from police.

The victim told officers he was walking back from the Greek Village when an unknown person struck him in the head with an object and made off with the cash from his wallet.

"Officers were given varying accounts of the incident," said a statement from Timmons.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a cut on his head and released.

USC police alerted students to the incident early Tuesday morning.

An earlier report gave a description of the suspect as a black male, wearing all black clothing and a black knit hat.

The news comes as USC President Harris Pastides promised additional security on campus in the wake of several other crimes on campus.

USC police are assisting the Columbia Police Department with this investigation.

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