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USC warns female students about van offering rides

September 9, 2009 |  9:32 pm

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Authorities at USC are warning that two men cruising in a minivan near campus have been trying to lure female students into the vehicle by offering them free rides.

The vehicle is similar to the vans that the university uses as part of its free shuttle service, according to the USC Department of Public Safety.

Female students have reported being approached by two men in the van on several occasions in recent weeks, school officials said.

The van has dual sliding doors and custom black and chrome rims. Witnesses have described the driver as having long hair and wearing sunglasses and a black beret or watch cap, officials said.

Authorities said the USC shuttle service only responds to calls from students and does not roam the streets to give people rides.

Anyone with information regarding the van is asked to call the USC public safety office at (213) 740-4321.

Photo: Image of the van captured by a surveillance camera. Credit: USC Department of Public Safety