On November 1, 2012 at approximately 2:20 a.m., University of Maryland Police issued an alert for a possible strong-arm robbery occurring in the College Park Shopping Center (7300 block Baltimore Avenue). The investigation conducted by the Prince George's County Police revealed that a robbery did not occur, but was more likely a simple assault. PGPD is still investigating whether or not a crime was actually committed.
Obtaining information from the victim at the scene was extremely difficult due to his level of intoxication. Detectives will be re-interviewing the victim in an attempt to determine what had transpired.
University of Maryland Police sent out an alert to the campus community because it was thought at the time that a suspect was still at-large in the area. We feel that it is better to alert the community in order to build awareness so that people can make the best decisions with regard to their safety. While people should always be aware of their surroundings, when we believe that there is a danger to the public at the time, we always err on the side of caution when alerting the campus community.