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Update in the Hate/Bias Investigation

Dear Campus Community,

On April 27, 2017, at approximately 11:39 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department responded to Fraternity Row #5 for a hate/bias incident that occurred earlier in the day. It was reported to UMPD that between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., a noose was found inside the building.

Once we were notified of this incident, detectives were assigned to begin an investigation into this hateful act. While our detectives continue to follow up with leads into this matter, here is what we can share at this time with our community:

  • The noose was reported to be found in the kitchen.
  • The time frame as to when this incident occurred has been narrowed down to between 1:06 p.m. and 1:10 p.m.
  • A video review of our cameras around the exterior of the fraternity house and Fraternity Row revealed nothing of evidentiary value.
  • Our detectives have interviewed members of the fraternity and others who may have had knowledge of the incident. Detectives continue to conduct follow up interviews.

As we continue with our investigation, we are committed to a thorough, comprehensive, and transparent process with our community. We have met with members of our community and heard your concerns.

We will continue to update our community as information becomes available at www.umpdnews.umd.edu . Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Barnosky at 301-405-3555 or email at investigations@umpd.umd.edu . Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

 

Chief David B. Mitchell

Chief of Police/

Director of Public Safety

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On May 4, 2017, at approximately 12:21 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of an unlawful touching. Witnesses reported that a male was observed touching women in an inappropriate manner in the Stamp Student Union and Hornbake Library area. Officers responded to the area and located the male.  He was questioned and issued an immediate denial of access for the campus.  At this time, we are seeking additional witnesses or victims in order to proceed with criminal charges.

The individual involved is described as a black male with short black hair, brown eyes, facial hair (goatee with grey hair), and eyeglasses. He stands approximately 5’ 9” and weighs approximately 190 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a grey short sleeve polo shirt with a grey long sleeve underneath, a dark color under shirt, blue jeans and blue/black sneakers with white soles.

If anyone has information or came into contact with this male, please contact Det. Barnosky at 301-405-3555 or email at investigations@umpd.umd.edu .

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