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UMD Safety Notice 09/19/19

INCIDENT:    Suspicious Packages

OCCURRED: September 19, 2019, at approximately10:28 a.m.

LOCATION: 1st Floor Mailroom of Mathematics Building (Kirwan Hall)

UMPD CASE #: 2019-54657


On September 19, 2019, at approximately 10:28 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department responded to the Mathematics Building for an unattended bag. Video footage from the mailroom revealed an unidentified male placing a bag on the floor and leaving. The Prince George’s County Fire Department was requested and responded for a suspicious package. The Mathematics Building and Glenn L. Martin Hall were evacuated as a safety precaution.

At approximately 12:17 p.m., an officer located the unidentified male (student) near the M Circle and brought him to investigators for follow up. It was determined that the male left the bag in the mailroom for safe keeping. The male intended to return at the end of the day to retrieve his property. The male also informed investigators that he left a second bag on the 3rd floor. The Prince George’s County Fire Department deemed both bags safe, no threat. At approximately 1:10 p.m., the buildings were reopened to resume daily operations. The male was released without charges.

We thank our ever vigilant community. You recognized something that was suspicious and said something about it. As always if you see something, say something immediately by calling police.

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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.

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911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

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