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Quick Arrest in the 10/17/12 Cell Phone Snatching in Lot 1D

Arrest Update - October 17, 2012:

As a result of their investigation, University Police detectives identified an address in Hyattsville as the possible location of the phone taken from a UMD student in this afternoon's phone snatching incident in Lot 1D. Their continued investigation at the Hyattsville address led to the arrest of a 15 year old juvenile male for the crime. Several items were recovered linking the juvenile to the crime

The juvenile was later released into the custody of his mother.
Additional information, when available, will be posted here.


INCIDENT: Robbery by Force (Snatching)
OCCURRED: October 17, 2012 1:45 p.m.
REPORTED: October 17, 2012 1:52 p.m.
LOCATION: Parking Lot 1D
UMDPS CASE #: 2012-55933

This afternoon a female student reported to University Police that while she was walking through lot 1D, a young male approached her on a bicycle and asked to borrow her cell phone. The student did not hand over the phone and the young male then grabbed the phone and rode off on his bicycle toward Presidential Drive. The student attempted to stop the male by grabbing his shirt but then let him go after a brief struggle. The male dropped his bicycle at the intersection of Campus Drive and Presidential Drive then ran toward Adelphi Road and Tulane Drive. He was last seen running between buildings on Tulane Drive toward Stanford Drive. The student was not injured. No weapons were used in the commission of this crime.

The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety is conducting an investigation of this crime. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-405-3555). You may also email any information to

When available for release, additional information, including descriptions of the suspect(s), may be obtained by accessing the "Crime Alerts" portion of our web site: