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09/05/17 Community Notice

**Community Notice**

The purpose of this e-mail is to make you aware of an incident that occurred off-campus near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The following is a synopsis of an incident reported to the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division.

INCIDENT:                Assist Other Agency

OCCURRED:             September 5, 2017, at approximately 12:40 p.m.

LOCATION:              Hiker/Biker Trail, near the eastern end of the College Park Airport

PARK POLICE CASE #:  17001423


On September 5, 2017, at approximately 1:12 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified of an incident that occurred along the Hiker/Biker Trail near the College Park Airport. Officers from UMPD and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police responded and met with a female.

The female was walking along the trail when a male grabbed her from behind and forced her to the ground. Once on the ground the male got back up and left because people could be heard walking along the trail. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle south on the trail towards Riverdale. UMPD notified neighboring police departments of the incident. Officers have increased their patrols along the Hiker/Biker Trail near campus.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police 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 301-459-3232).

Additional information, when made available by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police may be found on our website at

When available for release, additional information, including updated descriptions of suspect, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site:  and

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like an escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus). You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort. The police escort service is available to community members at all times.

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

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.

See Something, Say Something!

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

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)

Maryland-National Capital Park Police

Prince George’s County Division

Emergency: 911 or 301-459-3232/ Non-Emergency 301-459-9088

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555



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