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UMD Community Notice 09/29/18

INCIDENT:    Off Campus Indecent Exposure
OCCURRED: September 29, 2018 at approximately 2:24 a.m.
LOCATION: College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue College Park, Maryland
UMPD CASE #: 2018-55913
PGPD CASE # 18092900000232
 
 
BRIEF DETAILS:
At approximately 2:24 a.m., University of Maryland Police officers responded to the intersection of College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue to assist the Prince George’s County Police Department with the report of an Indecent Exposure.  A University of Maryland student advised that an unknown male was observed exposing himself on the opposite side of the street from where the student was standing.  The male started to walk toward the student and the student yelled at him.  The male then ran away and was last seen running behind a house on College Avenue in the direction of Baltimore Avenue. 
The suspect is described as a male, late 20’s to early 30’s, between 5’7” – 5’9” in height, wearing a royal blue hoodie/windbreaker jacket.
Officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department and University of Maryland Police Department continue to patrol the area for the suspect. 
The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-352-1200).
 
 
Safety Tips:
The University of Maryland Police Department provides a walking escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like a walking escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555. You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort.
Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.
If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.
Be Smart, Be Safe!
Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.
 
Safety Resources:
University of Maryland Police Department
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911
Prince George's County Police Department
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911
UMD Police Walking Escort
Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555
NITE Ride
301-314-6483
Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention)
301-314-4357
Counseling Center
301-314-7651
CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape)
301-741-3442
Health Center
301-314-8180
Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 
UMD Alerts

 

UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at South Campus Commons #7

On September 23, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m., UMPD responded to South Campus Commons #7 for a hate bias incident that occurred on September 22, 2018, between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. A student reported to police that they left their apartment to run an errand and returned to find non-inclusive, anti-LGBTQ language written on their bedroom wall.

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.

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UMPD Investigating Hate Bias Incident at Technology Advancement Program (TAP) Building

On September 26, 2018, at approximately 1:16 p.m., UMPD responded to the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) building for a hate bias incident. An employee reported to police that they found a phrase that involves offensive language against the African American community written in pencil on the men’s bathroom stall wall. It is unknown as to how long the phrase has been there for.

A picture was taken of the writing and it was removed. The property was not damaged.

A detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was notified.

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