COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Columbia police have arrested three suspects in the armed robbery of a group of female students from the University of South Carolina.
Police say it happened late Tuesday night in Five Points.
Shortly before midnight, four women were taking a shortcut through a dark alley in the 700 block of Saluda Street, heading to a local bar.
They say three people got out of a car parked in the alley – all dressed in black clothes, wearing bandanas across their face and one had a pistol.
One woman got away, but the suspects are accused of pushing or tackling the other three women to the ground at gunpoint and stealing wallets, purses, student ID cards, cell phones and car keys.
Police were able to track the suspects through one woman's iPhone to an apartment complex near Midlands Tech off Beltline Boulevard, where officers found the trio sitting in a car that matched the description the victims provided.
Charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime are 18-year-old Crawford Cornelius (pictured above), 19-year-old BeQuan Recasner, and 21-year-old Shanetra Jones.
Each was being held on $250,000 bond.
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