Officers are now investigating the third case this week of someone held up at knifepoint in the city of Greenville.
Police said they were called to University Manor Apartments, a complex known primarily as student housing, around 2:30 Friday morning.
Investigators said a young man was walking to his car to get something when a man came up behind him with a knife.
Police said the would-be robber did not get anything from his victim, but dropped the knife and took off running.
Police are looking for a light-skinned black man who stands about 5'9 tall, and wears his hair in an afro. At the time, officer said the man was wearing a black or navy blue pullover, jeans, and Timberland boots.
If you know anything about the attempted robbery, you are asked to call Greenville Police at (252) 329-4317.