CofC alerts campus to reports of attempted abductions

St. Philip Street on College of Charleston campus. (Source: Google)
St. Philip Street on College of Charleston campus. (Source: Google)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Public Safety for the College of Charleston has alerted students, faculty, and staff to be mindful of their surroundings after recent reports of attempted abductions surfaced in downtown Charleston.

According to CofC spokesman Mike Robertson, the Charleston Police Department has received four reports of threatening or suspicious activity since late March.

The first incident happened on Mar. 27 at 66 Bogard Street, when a victim said an unidentified suspect tried to sexually assault her outside her home. The victim fought off her attacker and then reported the assault to police.

She told officers she may have seen the suspect in her neighborhood before, but she was not able to provide a description.

The next attack happened at the intersection of Coming Street and the Crosstown last Thursday. The victim told police she was walking when a red or maroon-colored car with large rims pulled up and stopped. The victim said the driver, a black male in his mid-to-late twenties, asked her if she needed a ride. She said no and continued walking, at which point the suspect got out of the car, grabbed her arm, and attempted to force her inside the vehicle.

The victim was able to get away and called police.

Another attempted abduction was reported last Friday, near an alleyway on King Street, near campus. The victim told police a white male in his thirties grabbed her and tried to puller her down the alley. She got away and later reported the attack to police. She said the suspect had long hair, stood about 5'10", and weighed about 190 pounds.

The latest incident happened last Saturday near St. Philip and Liberty streets. The victim said she was walking when a gray van stopped and three unknown males got out and yelled at her. She said she did not know exactly what they were yelling because she had headphones on, but she felt threatened and ran off. She then called police.

It is unknown if any of these incidents are related, but officials stress that students, faculty, and staff should walk in groups and well-lighted areas, and to avoid less-traveled shortcuts.

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