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Community Notification

The Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a series of events that occurred on and off-campus.  It is not known at this time if these events are related.  Students, Faculty and Staff are cautioned to be mindful of their surroundings.  Walk in groups and in well lighted areas; avoid less traveled short cuts.  College of Charleston Department of Public Safety Officers are available for campus escorts.  Sign up for a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class at Public Safety, or stop by and get a free whistle for the whistle alert program. 
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Reference: Item: Sexual Assault July 13, 2013  Approximately 3:11am
Location: St. Philip Street between Warren and Radcliff Streets
Suspect Description:  Asian male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 5’6” - 5'7", stubby black hair, no facial hair, white tee shirt, khaki pants, brown casual shoes  
Suspect Vehicle: Small white SUV with beige interior, 4 doors, unknown South Carolina tag
Incident Description: The above described suspect first approached the victim and her friend and asked if they needed a taxi as they were walking north on St. Philip St. near Vanderhorst St.  After the girlfriend went home, the suspect approached the victim, this time on foot, from behind in the area .  He grabbed her and sexually assaulted her while holding her on the ground.  When he was finished the suspect fled north on St. Philip Street.  City of Charleston Police responded to the scene.  The City police are currently investigating this incident.

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Reference: General Information – Sexual Exposure July 2, 2013 6:43 am
Location: Between Duncan and Vanderhorst Streets on Coming Street 
Suspect Description: White male, blue athletic shorts, brown shoes, long sleeved black or dark blue shirt 
Incident Description: The above described suspect stepped into the sidewalk a short distance away from the victim directly in her path.  Several times, the suspect would stand into a driveway as if observing her approach until she reached the area where he was standing.  As the victim walked past the suspect she saw that he had a white t-shirt wrapped around his face and that he was masturbating.  Charleston City Police Department responded and took report # 1310528.

 If you have any information regarding these events please contact:
 College of Charleston Campus Police  
     Emergencies: 953-5611
     Non-Emergency: 953-5609 (Administrative Line)
     Crime Action Line: (Anonymous Reporting) 953-4988
     Silent Witness: 
     Public Safety Web Page:

City of Charleston Police Department     
    Emergencies:  911 
    Non-Emergency:  577-7434 
    Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111) 

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On and Off Campus Crime

Item June 4, 2013 approximately 9:42am
Location: Pitt and Bull Streets and in the area of Bull Street between Coming and Pitt Streets
Suspect Description: White male, approximately 5’10”, dirty blonde hair 
Incident Description: The above described suspect exposed himself to the victim while she was in the area of Pitt and Bull Streets.  The victim ran from the suspect to activate the Call Box in the area of 18 Bull Street.  It was near this location that the suspect pulled the victim to the ground.  The victim was able to fight off the suspect and he was last seen running from the area west on Bull Street.  Both City of Charleston Police and College of Charleston Public Safety Officers responded to the scene.  The City police are currently investigating this incident as an assault.

Reference: Item 1 March 27, 2013
Suspects’ Description:
None available.  Victim thinks she may have seen the suspect in her neighborhood before.
Incident Description: An individual not known to the victim tied to sexually assault her outside her home.  She fought off the attacker and called the Charleston City Police Department.

Reference: Item 2 April 4, 2013
Location:  Intersection of Coming Street and the Crosstown, Charleston, SC
Suspect Description: Black male, college age to late 20s, 1 to 2 day old razor stubble, athletic build; red/maroon car with large rims 
Incident Description:The victim was walking at the intersection of the Crosstown and Coming Street when a car stopped and the suspect asked her if she needed a ride.  The victim answered "no" and continued walking.  At that time, the suspect got out of the vehicle, grabbed the victim's arm and attempted to force her into the vehicle.  The victim was able to get away without injury and called the Charleston City Police Department.

Reference: Item 3 April 5, 2013
Location:  Alleyway on King Street, Charleston, SC - near campus
Suspect Description: White male, approximately 33 years of age, 5'10" and 190 lbs, long hair
Incident Description: The suspect grabbed the victim and attempted to pull her down an alley on King Street, near the College of Charleston Campus.  The victim was not going to call the police until her friends advised her that she should.  Both CofC Public Safety Officers and Charleston City Police Officers responded to Berry Residence Hall to speak with the victim.

Reference: Item 4 April 6, 2013
Location:  St. Philip and Liberty Streets, Charleston, SC 
Suspect Description: Three unknown males, grey in color van
Incident Description: The victim was walking in the area of St. Philip and Liberty Streets when a grey in color van stopped and three male subjects got out and yelled at her.  The victim did not know what they were yelling because she was listening to audio with ear buds in her ears.  The victim felt threatened and ran away and called the Charleston City Police Department. 

Reference: Item 5 April 23, 2013
Location:  Parking Lot 99 St. Philip Street (on Vanderhorst Street side of building)
Suspect Description: Suspect – White male, maroon sweatshirt
Incident Description: The victim was approached by the suspect who dragged her to the rear of the parking lot in a possible attempt to sexually assault her. The victim was able to fight off the suspect, who ran off in an unknown direction. Charleston City Police responded to the scene. The victim declined to make a police report.

If you have any information regarding these crimes please call: 

College of Charleston Campus Police    
Emergencies: 843.953.5611
Non-Emergency: 843.953.5609 (Administrative Line)
Crime Action Line/Anonymous Reporting 843.953.4988       
Silent Witness:
City of Charleston Police Department
Non-Emergency:  843.577.7434
Crime Stoppers / Anonymous Reporting 843.554.1111

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