INCIDENT DESCRIPTION: The suspect approached the victim from behind and demanded his phone. When the victim refused, the suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband. The victim yelled that the police were on the way, and the suspect fled.
REPORTED OFFENSE: Attempted Robbery. DPS received the report of this crime more than 24 hours after it was committed.
DATE & TIME OF OCCURRENCE: Sept. 23, 2020, at approximately 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Hoover Street at 23rd Street (off-campus)
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Male, Black, approximately 26-years-old, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 260 pounds, full beard, wearing a white tank top, green jacket, blue jeans and tan Timberland-style boots.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: None.
If you have information relevant to this crime, please call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (213) 740-6000 or the Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Division at (213) 485-6571.
If you use an online marketplace to buy or sell goods, ask the individual(s) involved to complete the transaction at DPS. DPS is available 24/7 to help facilitate a safe transaction.
Help fight crime by reporting suspicious persons and/or activity to USC DPS immediately. Please note that race, ethnicity, gender, and/or religious affiliation are NOT considered the basis for suspicion; only behaviors are considered suspicious.
If you are in immediate danger, call the LAPD at 9-1-1 or DPS at (213) 740-4321.
- What to do during a robbery: https://dps.usc.edu/safety-tips/suspicious-activity/robbery/
- Safe Rides: https://transnet.usc.edu/index.php/about-usc-safe-ride-program/
- LiveSafe Mobile App: https://dps.usc.edu/services/safety-app/
- TrojansAlert: https://dps.usc.edu/services/trojans-alerts/
- USC Resources: https://dps.usc.edu/services/health-wellness-resources/
ALERT #: 2020-019