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UMPD detectives make arrests in robbery case

On December 24th, 2013, the University of Maryland Police Department and our Criminal Investigation Unit are pleased to announce an additional arrest relating to the November 9th, 2013, robbery that occurred behind the View Apartments.

Christopher Ray Gutierrez was taken into custody on December 23rd, 2013 and is being charged with robbery, theft less than $1000, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault.

Christopher Ray Gutierrez

Riverdale, MD

18 yoa

 

Additional information, when available will be posted here.

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The University of Maryland Police Department and our Criminal Investigation Unit are pleased to announce the identity and arrest of 4 suspects who were involved in the November 9th, 2013, robbery.

On November 9th, 2013, at approximately 3:15 a.m., two UMD male students were assaulted and robbed on the footpath behind the View Apartments. Personal property was taken off of their persons and the suspects fled the scene towards Baltimore Avenue. At no time were any weapons displayed or implied.

Arrest warrants were applied for and issued for the below list individuals and were taken into custody on November 25th, 2013. On November 26th, 2013, an additional suspect was arrested and taken into custody. The first 3 individuals are being charged with 2 counts of robbery, 2 counts of assault, 4 counts of conspiracy, and 2 counts of theft less than $1000.00. The 4th individual out of Washington, D.C. is being charged with 2 counts of robbery, 2 counts of assault, 6 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and 2 counts of theft less than $1000.00.

 

Yonis Dagoberto Cruz

Hyattsville, MD

18 yoa

Luis Mauricio Flores-Morales

Hyattsville, MD

20 yoa

 

Ulises Armando Flores-Morales

Hyattsville, MD

19 yoa

Steven Williams Cruz

Washington, D.C.

20 yoa

 

 

Additional arrest is forthcoming and additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

 

 

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice

Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=730 for information regarding an off-campus burglary that occurred on 12/23/13. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

 

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UMPD participated in Operation Santa With a Badge

On Saturday, December 14th, 2013, officers from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and other agencies participated in Shop with a Cop. Officers picked up children from a local school and went shopping. The children were given rides in the officer’s vehicle with lights and sirens on while they made their way to the mall. Once there, officers shopped with the children for gifts and ate lunch together. UMPD would like to thank The Maryland Association of School Resource Officers for orchestrating the 9th annual Operation Santa with a Badge Program.

 

Pringe George's Park Police Officer Cpl. Savoy and UMPD Officer's MPO Santana and Sgt. Kenner get ready for Shop with a Cop.

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Winter Break Safety Tips

Dear University of Maryland Community,

As finals come to an end and the winter break approaches, the University of Maryland Police Department would like provide some safety tips and crime prevention tools. We hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of a crime and to help you remain safe during the winter break.

If you will be home or at your UMD residence this winter break here are some tips to help you stay safe this season:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are an upper or lower level windows/entrances.
  • Before you leave your home, check to be sure that all windows and doors locked.
  • Require identification from all strangers (includes delivery/repair persons and police officers). If you're not sure of a person's ID, call the person’s company/agency to verify.
  •  Never leave notes/messages on your door since they advertise that you're away and when you plan to return.
  •  Don't ever tell anyone that you are home alone.
  •  Use blinds and drapes for privacy.
  •  Ensure bushes are trimmed back to remove hiding places for potential criminals.
  •  Ensure your home has good interior and exterior lighting for safety and protection.
  • Always have car/house keys in hand before exiting secured areas.
  •  Keep hands free of excessive packages/bulky items when you’re travelling to/from your home.
  • Never enter your home if you see that a door or window has been forced.   Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately. 
  •  Never place a key over your doorway or under a flower pot, etc.  If you think you may need access to a spare key, consider leaving a key with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Don’t display presents under the tree if they can be seen from a window.

If you will be away for all or part of this winter break, below are some safety tips to consider:  

  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Place lights on a timer to give the appearance of someone being home.
  • Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, portable electronic devices, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.
  • Double-check to be sure all windows and doors are locked and secured before you leave.
  • Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.
  • Set your alarm to your security system.
  • If you are leaving your vehicle for a long period of time, remove items of value, secure windows and doors, and if you have a security feature, engage it.
  • Store away and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, for example, a ladder, tools, etc.
  • With winter comes below freezing temperatures; disconnect the garden hose if it is still connected to the outside faucet.

And last minute shopping tips:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in well-lit, populated areas; avoid cut-through paths and short-cuts.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid parking beside large vehicles which can obstruct views.
  • Lock your car doors and place all valuables in the trunk or under the seats.     
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash.  Pay with a check, debit card, or credit cards.
  • Keep your purse closed and close to your body and/or carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

 

Important Safety Resources: (Program these numbers into your mobile phone)

University of Maryland Police

301-405-3555 (non-emergency) / #3333 from mobile device / 911

Prince George’s County Police

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

 

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Testudo Fire

On December 18, 2013, University of Maryland Police Criminal Investigations Unit and the Office of the University Fire Marshal have reviewed camera footage and have ruled the Testudo fire to be accidental. The cause of the fire was due to a lamp shade being place over a lit candle.  There was no damage to Testudo and no injuries reported.

 

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On December 18, 2013 at approximately 1am, a Student Police Aide reported a small fire in front of McKeldin Library.  Officers responded and, upon arrival, found that offerings to Testudo, such as notes and books, were set fire on top of the statue.  The fire had been extinguished prior to the officer's arrival.  There is no damage to the statue itself.  Facilities Management was notified to clean up the burnt debris. Malicious intent has not been ruled out and the case is under investigation. It is a tradition that students will leave momentos for Testudo, including candles, books, notes and other personal items. 

Updates will be posted here when available.

UMPD, PGPD, and UMD Athletics are participating in Toys For Tots this Saturday at the Men's Basketball game

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) would like to thank those who came out to the game on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 and donated a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. UMPD, Prince George's County Police, and UMD Athletics collected 120 toys during the men's basketball game.

Happy Holidays!!!

 

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UMD College Park Closed 12/10/13

The University of Maryland College Park is closed today, Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  If the University remains closed on Wednesday, we will issue a UMD Information Advisory.  Please monitor www.umd.edu or call 301-405-SNOW for the University's status on Wednesday.

 

Stay Safe!

 

Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory for this Weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow for College Park, Maryland through Monday evening. There is little to no snow accumulation expected. Keep in mind with the expected heavy rainfall, potential snow, and ice, traffic delays may occur. Please plan accordingly when committing and traveling.

If the University closes due to weather conditions, the campus community will be notified through the UMD Alerts system. You can also contact the snow hotline at 301-405-SNOW (7669) or watch the local news.

For additional information, including safety tips and weather resources, check out http://www.weather.gov/alerts and  http://umpdnews.umd.edu/.

Thanks, and stay safe!
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Wintry Mix expected Sunday in the Washington, DC area

Precipitation is expected to start between the early morning and noon on Sunday in the Washington, DC area. Snow is likely before 1200 hours, then snow and sleet between 1200 to 1600 hours, then freezing rain and sleet after 1600 hours. The high will be near 34 degrees F. There is a 90% chance of precipitation, with new precipitation amounts vary depending on the weather source from between a quarter and a half an inch possible to up to an inch. The highest snow accumulation is likely to be west of DC. Sunday night there will be freezing rain and sleet before 2000 hours, then rain or freezing rain between 2000 to 0000 hours, then rain after 0000 hours, with a low of around 31 degrees F. The chance of precipitation is again 90% with new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. The rain is likely to continue on Monday, with a 60% chance of precipitation.

Source: Accuweather, NWS, Washington Post, WJLA

Holiday Travel and Safety Tips

Dear University of Maryland Community,

The University of Maryland Police Department would like to take this time and inform you of some holiday travel and safety tips. When traveling always check with the local news channel, news sites, and/or radio stations for current and up to date information regarding travel and weather advisories. Take necessary precautions when encountering rain, freezing rain and/or snow during your travels.

For those that will be traveling beginning tomorrow, the National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain, snow, and sleet before noon on November 26th, 2013, with the possibility of heavy rain at times and a high near 42 degrees.  There is little or no snow accumulation expected.  Rain is likely to continue into Wednesday, with only slight chances of rain on Wednesday night. While this area is not expected to receive snow, for those who will be traveling north, chance of snow will increase. Keep in mind with the expected heavy rain fall, traffic delays will occur. Please plan accordingly when traveling.

Below are travel and safety tips:

For students/faculty/staff who are leaving their residence for the break:

- Double check all windows and doors are locked and secured before you leave.

- Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, portable electronic devices, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.

- If leaving your vehicle for long period of time, remove items of value, secure windows and doors, and if you have one engage your alarm system.

-  Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.

- Store away and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, for example, a ladder, tools, etc.

- Set your alarm to your security system.

- Set your lights on a timer.

- If you have a garden hose connected to the outside faucet, disconnect it.

For students/faculty/staff who are traveling by car:

- Know before you go. Check on the local road and highway conditions.

- Know where you are going. Keep a map or a GPS in your vehicle.

- Inform your family and/or friends if your travel plans change.

- Keep your cell phone fully charged.

- Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

- Give yourself plenty of time.

- Slow down during wet weather driving. Give yourself enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

- Don't use cruise control in wet weather driving.

- Bridges and overpasses freeze first.

- Follow emergency personnel directions.

- Don't drive distracted!

For students/faculty/staff who are traveling by air:

- Keep your cell phone fully charged.

- Check with your airline before you leave your residence during inclement weather.

- Inform your family and/or friends if your travel plans change.

- Give yourself enough time to get to the airport and plenty of time to get through airport security.

- Don't leave your luggage unattended.

- If you see something, say something.

 

Montgomery County Police Department Seeks Assistance from the Community

    On November 12th, 2013, an email was sent out to members of the University of Maryland Community in regards to a sexual assault that occurred in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Listed below is updated information regarding the incident from Montgomery County Police Department.
 
     On October 3rd, 2013, Montgomery County Police received information regarding a sexual assault that had occurred in Gaithersburg between the night of October 2nd and the morning of October 3rd. Investigation revealed that the victim had met the suspect at a bar, Looney’s, in College Park, Maryland. The suspect and victim then went to the suspect’s residence in Gaithersburg where the sexual assault occurred. Joey Poindexter, age 38, of the 8400 block of Plum Creek Drive was arrested on October 9th and is currently being held on bond.
 
     Further investigation by detectives revealed that there are likely additional victims of sexual assault by Joey Poindexter. Digital images depicting young college age men who appear unconscious and are in compromising positions were discovered. Poindexter attends organized Beer Pong events held throughout the greater Washington DC and Baltimore region and has met several of his victims at these events. Joey Poindexter is also known to frequent activities involving young adult population such as extreme sporting events (BMX and skateboarding competitions). Joey Poindexter has recently traveled to New Jersey, Las Vegas NV, Dallas TX, Virginia Beach VA, and Salt Lake City UT. It is believed most of the assaults occurred when the victim is unconscious or significantly impaired from alcohol, although the possibility of drug use has not been ruled out. All of the identified victims are heterosexual and did not have any indications of what was going  to occur prior to the assault.
 
    Detectives believe that Joey Poindexter is a sexual predator that has been victimizing young college aged adult males for approximately 10 years. Additional victims have been located and additional charges are forthcoming. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. MCPD is the primary agency investigating this case. For media inquiries call MCPD at 240-773-5030.

 

The University of Maryland Police Department is committed to ensuring that our community remains a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, and staff. We ask all members of our community to remain vigilant and report suspicious behavior. As a reminder, there are several safety resources available:

Emergency Number
301-405-3333 OR 9-1-1 
 
UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency: 
301-405-3555     
 
NITE Ride 
301-314-6483     
http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html   
 
Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 
301-314-4357     
http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/   
 
CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape) 
301-741-3442     
http://www.health.umd.edu/care     
 
Health Center 
301-314-8180    
http://www.health.umd.edu/

Additional Safety Tips:

-Go home with the person you went out with.

-Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know.

-If you are out drinking, don’t over indulge.

-Keep an eye out for each other.

-Drink responsibly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted below is a photo of Joey Poindexter:

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