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City of Columbia Police Department
Thursday August 14th, 2014 :: 04:50 p.m. EDT

Advisory

Armed Robbery Investigations Public Safety Initiative w/ Local Colleges/Universities

With the start of a new school year quickly approaching, the Columbia Police Department encourages all citizens, especially students to be aware of their surroundings.

CPD's Armed Robbery Unit is currently investigating three armed robberies in the vicinity of two local colleges and universities.

It is important to point out that while CPD continues to investigate, it has not been determined if the cases are connected or not.

Here is a list of the cases:

Attempted Armed Robbery
8/3/14 – 10:15 p.m. – 1400 Harden Street
Four male victims tell CPD that they were approached by an armed male robber who demanded their belongings.
They say two additional suspects were also involved. The suspects ran from the scene.
Nothing was stolen.

Armed Robbery
8/4/14 – 10:15 p.m. -- 1700 Heidt Street
Male victim tells CPD that he was walking with friends along Heidt Street when a male robber demanded his cell phone while displaying a handgun that was tucked in his pants.
The robber stole the cell phone and the victim’s tennis shoes before running from the scene.

Armed Robbery
8/11/14 – 1:45 a.m. – 2436 Taylor Street
Male victim tells CPD that he was walking through a parking lot when two males demanded his cell phone at gunpoint.
The victim complied and the suspects ran from the scene.

CPD Investigators are also working with police on similar cases at Allen University and Benedict College.

The Columbia Police Department offers the following safety tips:

1. Don't walk alone, especially at night. Try to walk in larger groups, if possible.

2. If you must walk alone during the day or night, use heavily traveled, main areas of travel/arteries and. At night, find streets that are well-lit. Avoid alleyways and dark side streets.

3. Try to avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of cash. Avoid displaying valuable items in the public.

4. Be aware of your surroundings

5. Have a cell phone handy to call 9-1-1 if necessary

6. If you are a crime victim, try to get a good description of the suspect, paying particular attention to his/her facial features, clothing and direction of travel, then call 9-1-1 immediately.

7. Plan a head. Know where you are going and how you will safely arrive to your location

8. Designate a driver if you are planning to consume alcohol (must be of legal drinking age)

** Criminals do their homework. They often look for easy targets and crimes of opportunities.

CPD has officers on routine patrol across the city and in hospitality districts **

If you see crime happening call 9-1-1 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Address/Location
City of Columbia Police Department
Justice Square
Columbia, SC 29201

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-252-2911

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