USC sex assault: Photo of person of interest released

Columbia Police have released a photo of a person of interest in a sex assault case.

Columbia Police has released a photo of a person of interest they would like to talk to in a sexual assault on USC’s campus.

The victim was talking to a man she didn’t know near the corner of Barnwell Street and Gibbs Court, which is near the Capstone House dorm around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, according to USC.

The man told the victim he had a weapon and forced her to a nearby area where he sexually assaulted her.

Police say the victim then went to her apartment and told her roommate to call 911.

The victim later went to the hospital for treatment.

USC did send out a crime bulletin almost 12 hours after the assault, saying, “An emergency notification was not issued because the information at the time of the report was not specific enough for the community to act on.”

The bulletin describes the attacker as a man of unknown race, 5-feet-5 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and between 20 and 30 years old.

If you have information about the investigation, or the subject depicted in the photographs text or submit online, your anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.

LOG onto:, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

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