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Teen Arrested, Accused Of Filing Fake Attempted Kidnapping Report At USC

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An arrest has been made after police say a female gave a false report about an attempted kidnapping at the University of South Carolina Tuesday.  Rachel Mosser, 18, is charged with filing a false police report and false swearing. An arrest has been made after police say a female gave a false report about an attempted kidnapping at the University of South Carolina Tuesday. Rachel Mosser, 18, is charged with filing a false police report and false swearing.
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Teen Arrested, Accused Of Filing Fake Attempted Kidnapping Report At USC - September 24, 2013 at 5:28 p.m.

An arrest has been made after police say a female gave a false report about an attempted kidnapping at the University of South Carolina Tuesday.

Rachel Mosser, 18, is charged with filing a false police report and false swearing, according to Columbia Police.

Authorities say Mosser told investigators that a man tried to take her against her will on Pickens Street.

"The suspect tied up valuable law enforcement resources, time and energy in trying to locate the so-called suspect,” Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said. “This case should be a clear example of how lying to police will get you in trouble every time. The suspect is now headed to jail, facing felony charges for making up a crime."

Mosser is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Attempted Kidnapping Reported At USC - September 24, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

Police in Columbia are investigating an alleged attempted kidnapping at the University of South Carolina.

A male approached a female near the 600 block of Pickens Street around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, grabbed her arm and told her to come with him, according to an alert sent by the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.  You can read the entire crime alert here.

The female ran from the area.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s with short hair and stubble on his face. He was seen wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt.

Investigators searched the area and the suspect remains on the loose.

Authorities released the following safety tips:

  • Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.
  • The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.
  • Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.
  • The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.
  • If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

If you have any information that may help investigators, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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