Columbia PD investigating sexual assault near USC campus

Columbia PD investigating sexual assault near USC campus

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police are investigating a sexual assault early Saturday morning that occurred near the campus of the University of South Carolina.

CPD says a woman reported an armed man forced her to go with him to the 800 block of Barnwell Street, near Greene Street, where he sexually assaulted her at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

After the assault, the woman went to her apartment where her roommate called 911. She went to the hospital for treatment.

The women told investigators they believe they first saw the man in the hallway of an apartment complex and briefly talked with him. Police are still working on a description of the man.

If you know anything that could help investigators find the man, contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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