Taking advantage of almost every public safety resource in the school’s arsenal, a female student who was robbed on campus Monday was able to recover her property and see two suspects arrested.
After nearly a month without a reported robbery at USC, a female student walking through the parking lot behind the University Park Health Center at 12:25 p.m. Monday was robbed by two juvenile males, who shoved her from behind and stole her property.
Thinking quickly, the student followed the two teenagers, who fled the scene with her possessions.
As she pursued the two into the North University Park area, just north of Jefferson Boulevard, she found a yellow-jacketed Contemporary Services Corporation security ambassador, whom she asked for help.
The student and the security ambassador followed the two robbers to the area of Orchard Avenue and Jefferson. The security ambassador contacted the Department of Public Safety via radio, and DPS found the two teenagers in the area of Jefferson and Hoover Street. They were then taken into custody.
DPS Capt. David Carlisle said this incident exemplifies how the CSC security force can help the USC community.
“It is an example of how they can assist us by observing and assisting a citizen,” Carlisle said. “That’s what they’re there for … In this case, it worked out as it was supposed to.”
Carlisle said the capture of the two suspects was also a good example of the type of teamwork DPS and other safety officers strive for.
The CSC security ambassadors are new this semester, and Carlisle said he suspects their presence has contributed to the decrease in crime.
Robberies in broad daylight, like the one Monday, are uncommon, Carlisle noted.
“I might attribute to this act that these were juveniles, so maybe they were a little more bold,” he said. “Fortunately, they’re now in custody.”