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USC warns of men in van offering women free rides

Several women report being approached recently by 2 men in a van similar to those used by the university. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

September 10, 2009|Robert J. Lopez

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.

Women have reported being approached by two men in the van several times in recent weeks, university 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 responds only to calls from students for rides and does not pick people up along the streets.

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

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robert.lopez@latimes.com

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