Man sought after allegedly offering rides to women, driving them to incorrect location

Farris Awni Kaloti. (Newberry County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The Columbia Police Department is searching for a man it says assaulted a woman while offering her a ride home.

According to the Columbia Police Department, on Nov. 26, two females ages 18 and 21 reported to CPD that they had hitched a ride from an unknown male. One female described feeling uncomfortable during the trip and getting out of the car.

The suspect allegedly pushed and pulled one of the women while trying to prevent the other woman from leaving.

After a brief struggle, the male drove away from the scene.

The female who was injured went to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for scrapes and bruises to her leg.

University of South Carolina Police sent out a Carolina Alert to students stating they were searching for a man who had allegedly offered rides to females/students, taking them to places other than their desired destinations and refusing to let them out of the vehicle.

The campus police asked students to be on the lookout for 28-year-old Farris Awni Kaloti.

Kaloti is not affiliated with the university but has reportedly been seen on and around the campus.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to

Kaloti has a lengthy criminal history. In October he was arrested in Newberry County and charged with giving false information to a police officer, possession of marijuana, and obtaining signatures under false pretenses.

Below is a tweet posted by The Drinking Ticket's Twitter account.

Below are a few safety tips provided by the university:

USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others.
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.
Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
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