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Lander Police, SLED make arrests in Lander assault case - UPDATED 10:45 p.m.

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Press Conference: Updated 10 p.m.



Statement: Updated 10:45 p.m.

(a video press conference will be posted later this evening)

Lander Police, SLED make arrests in Lander assault case

Lander University Police and the State Law Enforcement Division announced tonight that two arrests have been made in the assault case that occurred on campus Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at a campus housing apartment complex, Bearcat Village.

Lander Police have charged Bobby Charles Henderson III, 19, of Orlando, Fla., with Burglary 1st, Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st and Kidnapping. Henderson did give officers a statement of his involvement in the assault.

Also charged in the incident is Cameren Keaton Jones, 19, of Mauldin. He has been charged with Burglary 1st, Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st and Kidnapping.

Lander Police officers and SLED agents have worked diligently since this incident occurred to bring the case to a resolution. Through leads developed during the investigation, Lander Police and SLED Agents made the arrests March 30, with the assistance of the Clinton Police Department.

For further information, contact Lander's Office of University Relations at 864-388-8019.

March 23, 2012

Statement: Updated 5 p.m.

Lander University Students, Faculty, and Staff,
As you are aware from previous communications, an alleged assault occurred at Bearcat Village last night around 11 p.m. Lander University Police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are conducting an investigation into the incident and are searching for two male suspects who assaulted three female students at the campus housing apartment complex. The two suspects were described as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 6' and 200 lbs., and a black male, approximately 5'10" and 180 lbs. Both were wearing dark clothing and "hoodie" type sweatshirts.

We will be increasing university police patrols in all areas of the Lander campus, and we want to stress to our students, faculty and staff that our campus is safe. As always, we urge you to remain alert to your surroundings and to use the following safety precautions and tips as you go about your normal activities. Just as a reminder:

  • Keep your room locked at all times.
  • Make sure you identify any individual knocking at your door.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and use common sense.
  • Do not hesitate to use the emergency telephone stations around campus.
  • Report any suspicious person(s) or activity to Public Safety immediately by calling 8222 or 8911.

If you would like to speak with a counselor or someone in Residence Life, you may contact Counseling Services (388-8722; 388-8736) or Residence Life (388-8266). Again, we appreciate your concerns and feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time.

Sincerely,
Randy Bouknight
Vice President for Student Affairs

Press Conference: Updated 4:30 p.m.



Press Conference: Updated 10 a.m.



Statement: Updated 9 a.m.

Lander University Police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are searching for two male suspects who assaulted three female students at a campus housing apartment complex, Bearcat Village, Wednesday night around 11 p.m. The suspects forcibly entered the apartment at gunpoint. Several persons-of-interest, who are not Lander students, have been interviewed.

The Lander Police issued a crime alert message warning students of the incident. The suspects were described as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 6' and 200 lbs., and the other suspect was a black male, approximately 5'10" and 180 lbs. Both were wearing dark clothing and "hoodie" type sweatshirts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lander University Police at 864-388-8222.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.