CofC public safety steps up patrols after two separate attacks on students

CofC public safety steps up patrols after two separate attacks on students
Published: Sep. 28, 2015 at 2:28 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2015 at 10:50 PM EDT
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Source: WCSC
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CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - After two attacks on College of Charleston students, the college's department of public safety is increasing patrols in the area where the incidents happened.

The college's public safety department sent out a letter to the college community Sunday, reminding everyone to be aware of his or her surroundings.

Click here to read the message.

The letter also suggests walking in groups when possible, especially at night. The alert comes after police say a student was robbed and fondled early Sunday morning on Bogard Street.

Authorities say the victim was sitting on the steps of her apartment when a man armed with a gun approached her.

He reportedly threatened to blow her head off if she didn't come with him.

According to police, the man forced her to walk to the parking lot next to her apartment building.

Investigators say he then fondled the woman, hit her in the face, took her cell phone and fled after she screamed.

Charleston investigators released a sketch of the suspect on Monday. 

"It's really unfortunate and sad, hope the girls are alright," student Laura Hall said. "I'm glad I got an e mail though, kind of let's you know what's going on."

Early Saturday morning police say two women were outside a parking garage on St. Phillip Street when a man knocked them over and took their purses and cellphones.

Officers say the suspect jumped over a nearby wall and ran away.

Students tell us they are taking precautions.

"I always walk in groups, especially at nighttime after dark, and I carry a little pepper spray on my key chain," student Taylor Ciruolo said.

Police do not believe the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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