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An Update from Last Night's Text Alert

UPDATE: 09/14/18

After re-interviewing the reporting person in this case and the available video footage from our Security Operations Center, the interaction between the reporting person and the individual from the vehicle do not meet the necessary requirements of a robbery. This case has been changed to a suspicious activity report.

During the interaction, an assault did not occur and no property was taken from the reporting person.


Below is an update from last night's text alert that was sent via the UMD ALERT System:

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 3:02 a.m., a male UMD student reported to UMPD that he was walking on the sidewalk along Rossborough Lane, near Ritchie Coliseum. While walking east towards the Leonardtown area, a dark color vehicle stopped and the driver asked the male for directions. During this interaction, the driver inquired about his property.  The student then walked away. The passenger side door began to open and the student ran away to a safe location. 

The student did not see a weapon. The student was not hurt during this interaction. A review of the cameras in the area are underway. 

Our Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating this incident as an attempted robbery. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email .

When available for release, any additional information will be posted to UMPDNews.

** This is a clarification update due to this incident occurred on campus property whereas the two other robbery reports occurred off-campus. The Prince George's County Police Department are investigating the off-campus incidents. At this time, it is believed that all three incidents are connected. **

Individuals with any information regarding the two off-campus incidents, or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department (911 or 301-352-1200).

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. Email address is: