Attempted Kidnapping On USC Campus
The City of Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD) is investigating the attempted kidnapping of a female University of South Carolina student by a yet-to-be-apprehended assailant.
According to a University of South Carolina crime alert, a black male said to be “in his thirties, with short hair, stubble facial hair, and wearing black shorts and white t-shirt” grabbed the female student on Pickens Street (between Greene Street and Blossom Streets) in downtown Columbia at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
“He grabbed her arm from behind and instructed her to come with him,” the crime alert notes.
The woman was able to get away from her would-be-kidnapper and “fled the scene.”
USC students who support “campus carry” – or the right of concealed weapons permit holders to carry their guns on campus – criticized the University for its failure to keep students safe.
“Students on campus are vulnerable,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “How many more armed robberies, rapes or attempted kidnappings must there be before the safety of students is taken seriously?”
Good question …
UPDATE: Well, well, well … according to Columbia police the woman in question, 18-year-old Rachel Mosser (below), lied about the kidnapping. She has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report.