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UMD Police Make Quick Apprehension in Strong-Arm Robbery Case

On November 11, 2012 at approximately 3:15 a.m. the Prince George's County Police provided UMPD dispatchers with a description of suspects involved in a strong-arm robbery that had occured off campus on Knox Road in College Park.  At 4:15 a.m., a University of Maryland officer observed a vehicle in Lot K matching the description of the suspect vehicle.  The officer stopped the vehicle and noticed that the occupants matched the description given earlier by PGPD.  The student made a positive identification and the occupants were arrested and turned over the the PGPD detectives for further processing and investigation. 

Additional information about the incident may be obtained from the Prince George's County Police, Media Relations Division.

 

 

No Robbery on 11/1/12; Possible Assault

On November 1, 2012 at approximately 2:20 a.m., University of Maryland Police issued an alert for a possible strong-arm robbery occurring in the College Park Shopping Center (7300 block Baltimore Avenue).  The investigation conducted by the Prince George's County Police revealed that a robbery did not occur, but was more likely a simple assault.  PGPD is still investigating whether or not a crime was actually committed.

Obtaining information from the victim at the scene was extremely difficult due to his level of intoxication. Detectives will be re-interviewing the victim in an attempt to determine what had transpired.

University of Maryland Police sent out an alert to the campus community because it was thought at the time that a suspect was still at-large in the area. We feel that it is better to alert the community in order to build awareness so that people can make the best decisions with regard to their safety. While people should always be aware of their surroundings, when we believe that there is a danger to the public at the time, we always err on the side of caution when alerting the campus community.

 

UMD Police Make Quick Arrest in Off-Campus Assault

On October 28, 2012 at approximately 2:40 a.m. a male student reported to police that he was walking in a private alley behind the establishments at the 8400 block of Knox Road when he was assaulted by three males who took his cell phone and wallet.  The male walked to College Avenue and Yale Avenue where he flagged down a University of Maryland police officer to report the offense.  The Prince Georges County Police were notified.  A short while later, University of Maryland police officers located suspects fitting the description in the College Park Parking Garage.  The victim identified the suspects as the individuals who committed the offense. University Police arrested one adult male, Darell Summers, 19, of Odenton, and two juvenile males, ages 15 and 16, for the crime.  No weapons were used in the commission of the crime.  The victim was uninjured.

Hurricane Sandy

Dear University of Maryland Community,

Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin affecting UMD College Park on Monday.  The campus administration is working together to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff and to mitigate the impact of the storm.  Please view Provost Rankin's message to the University Community at http://www.umd.edu/hot-topics.cfm?topic=19041.

Please consider the following tips and precautions:

  • Have food and water available in your room or apartment
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries
  • During the storm, stay indoors.  Move to lower levels of your building during periods of high winds and stay away from windows
  • If power goes out, do not use candles for light
  • Conserve power on your mobile device; only use for emergencies

If the campus begins to experience dangerous effects of the storm, the Department of Public Safety will issue text and email alerts through UMD Alerts.  Register for UMD Alerts at alert.umd.edu.

For more information to help you understand and prepare for hurricanes and other tropical cyclones include:

NOAA’s Preparedness Guide:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf

FEMA’s “Ready.gov” Guide: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

For help or to report an injury, please contact the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety at 301-405-3555.

Quick Arrest in Attempted Off-Campus Theft

On October 19, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. a 34 year old male non-student was approached by two males on Lehigh Road near Sterling Place.  One of the males placed his hand on the victim's shoulder and demanded property.  The victim fled and flagged down a Student Police Aide who was on Knox Road near Sterling Place.  University of Maryland Police officers responded and located the suspects near Montgomery Hall.  One of the suspects fled and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit to Hartwick Road.  The other was released without charges.  Arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault, and obstructing/hindering was James Holloman Jr., 19, of Waldorf.  The victim was not injured and no weapons were used at any time during the incident.    

For additional information contact our Media Relations Office at 301-405-9960.

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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
BRIEF DETAILS:

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 investigations@umpd.umd.edu.

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: http://www.umdps.umd.edu/police_support_services_public_crime_alert.cfm

Arrest Update to 10/10/12 Off Campus Robbery

Update - 10/14/12
The Prince George's County Police District 1 Robbery Suppression Team has made an arrest in these cases. Investigators have arrested and charged a juvenile male for the offense. A black bb gun was recovered along with the victim's cell phone. For further information, please view http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2012/10/pgpd-arrests-suspect-in-college-park.html.
 


Update - 10/11/12
An attempted armed robbery, also occuring to the rear of the University View, was reported to PGPD. This occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., just prior to the below incident. PGPD is investigating.

 


On October 10, 2012, the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of an incident that that occurred near the UM campus. The Prince George’s County Police responded to investigate. Below is a brief synopsis of the incident.

INCIDENT: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
OCCURRED: 10/10/2012; 10:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 8200 Block Baltimore Avenue
PGPD CASE #: 12-284-3139
BRIEF DETAILS:
The Prince George’s County Police responded this evening for an armed robbery that had occurred off campus at approximately 10:30 p.m. behind the View apartment complex. The female student victim reported that she was walking toward the View when she was approached by a male who displayed a handgun and demanded her property. The male then fled from the area, away from campus.

The Prince George's County Police Department is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-772-4908).

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 www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. Email address is: pgcrimesolvers@co.pg.md.us.

Additional information, when made available by the Prince George’s County Police, may be found at http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/ or on our website at http://www.umdps.umd.edu/crime_alert.cfm.

 

Criminal Charges Filed In September Theft

 

CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED IN SEPTEMBER THEFT

College Park, MD – On October 3, 2012 University of Maryland Police investigators applied for and received criminal charges against Michael Charles Manley Jr., 25, of Gambrills, Maryland for his involvement in a theft at the University of Maryland book store in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union  on September 12 and September 17, 2012.

Manley is charged with theft: $1,000 to under $10,000 and theft: less than $1000. Manley stole and attempted to steal multiple textbooks from the University Book Store.

Cops on Rooftops to Benefit Special Olympics

October 1, 2012

          From September 29th to September 30th, The University of Maryland Police Department was out in force to help raise money in support of the Special Olympics as Dunkin Donuts opened its doors at 5 am. Just 31 hours later, we reached our goal of $6,000.00 and exceeded it by raising a total of $6,471.11! This could not have been possible without the generous donations of the College Park community stopping by at Dunkin Donuts at 9710 Baltimore Avenue this past weekend.

          For the second year in a row, we had a team of people that helped raise awareness; from officers on the roof and near the intersection of Route One to other UMDPS team members and Special Olympics partners raising awareness and interacting with customers as they entered the store. We accepted donations, sold raffle tickets, shirts, hats, and more.

          Five officers took turns perched upon the rooftop of the Dunkin Donuts - keeping a Cop on Rooftop for 31 hours!  These officers are Sgt. J. Brown, MPO Mable, PFC Powers, PFC Meekins, and Pvt. Dykstra.  Also, congratulations are in order for Sgt. J. Brown, for defending his title and becoming the two-time donut eating champion! Sgt. J. Brown was the first to eat four whole donuts in three minutes.

          A special thanks to the proprietor and staff of the College Park Dunkin Donuts for giving us the space and for donating donuts and coffee (everyone who donated was offered a free coffee).  Without you this event would not have been possible.

Finally, a big thanks to the event organizers, Sgt. P. Miller and A/Sgt. R. Hoaas who made all of this possible. Without your time, effort, dedication, and energy, we wouldn’t be where we are at today.

          I am extremely proud that our Department placed second out of seven in the total money raised in the Dunkin’ Doughnuts part of the competition. To all who took part: Thank you on behalf of the more than 10,000 Special Olympic athletes in Maryland! -- David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police


September 19, 2012

COPS TAKE TO THE ROOFTOP OF COLLEGE PARK DUNKIN’ DONUTS LOCATION IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND

College Park, MD - Police Officers from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety will collect donations for Special Olympics Maryland on the rooftop of the College Park Dunkin’ Donuts the weekend of Sept. 29th - 30th, 2012.

Anyone who ever thought nothing good could come from cops sitting around (or in this case ON) a donut shop might reconsider that notion when “Cops on Rooftops” – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland -- comes to the College Park Dunkin’ Donuts location on Saturday, September 29th through Sunday, September 30th, 2012.

As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics Maryland, five good-natured officers from the University of Maryland Police Department – Officers Brown, Dykstra, Mable, Powers and Meekins have volunteered to spend the day on the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 9701 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD. Their collective fundraising goal is $6,000.00.

In 2009, the first year a Maryland location participated in the promotion, the Laurel Dunkin’ Donuts and Laurel Police Department raised more than $7,000. In 2010, five Dunkin Donut locations partnering with law enforcement raising $30,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. In 2011, eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state took part in the program: Laurel, College Park, Westminster, Towson, Reisterstown, Havre de Grace, Mount Rainier and California.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers and the general public alike are encouraged to stop by and support the officers in their efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Maryland. Along with law enforcement volunteers who will be on the rooftop, other officers will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars and rallying support for the cause. There will also be a silent auction as well as a raffle for items. A merchandise table will also be set up, with Torch Run t-shirts for sale as well as raffle tickets for a 2011 Harley-Davidson XL1200 Nightster donated by Rommel of Annapolis Harley Davidson.

“Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it was only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin’ Donuts for this light-hearted event,” said David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police of the University of Maryland Police Department. “This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time. What could be better than that?” The event was founded on the idea by the law enforcement officers of Illinois, who in 2009, took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state and raised more than $182,000.

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families. For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-789-6677.

 

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Cops on Rooftops
Sgt. Brown wins the Donut Eating Contest!

Annual Security Report Published

 

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety
Media Relations Office
Building 003, Rossborough Lane, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Phone 301-405-5726 / Fax 301-314-9549 

 

 

 

October 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Publishes 2012 Annual Security Report

 

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety announces the publication of the 2012 Annual Security Report.  The Annual Security Report provides safety and security information to current and prospective University of Maryland students as well as to faculty and staff members.  Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report.

"This is an excellent way by which we are able to highlight the security resources available to the University community,” said David Mitchell, University Police Chief. "I urge the University community to read the report and be aware of, and more importantly, take advantage of security services on campus,” Mitchell added.

In addition to outlining the different security resources the campus has to offer, the report also provides statistics on area crime reported to on- and off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments which report data back to the Department of Public Safety.

Of note in these statistics is the continuing downward trend in reports of violent crime both on and off campus.  Reductions were seen in crimes such as:

  • Forcible sex offense-    10 in 2010 to 5 in 2011
  • Aggravated assault-      15 in 2010 to 4 in 2011
  • Robbery-                          10 in 2010 to 7 in 2011
  • Overall Violent Crime-   54% Reduction from 2010 to 2011

All of these incidents include data from the local area surrounding the UMD College Park campus, and also includes reports made to non-law enforcement entities.

The Clery Act does not require the reporting of statistics for the crime of theft, which is, by far, the most commonly reported criminal offense on campus.  UMD saw a decrease in reports of theft on campus dropping about 11% from 2010 to 2011 (199 in 2011 compared with 225 reported in 2010).  Other property crimes reportable through Clery include Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson; all of which showed reductions from 2010 to 2011.

The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMDPS) is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for policing the University of Maryland College Park campus.  Programs and resources provided by UMDPS include walking escorts; closed circuit video monitoring; patrols by uniformed officers; explosive detection K9 unit; emergency alerts; crime prevention programs; criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting and investigation; Student Police Auxiliary; and an Emergency 911 center.  These programs are highlighted within the Annual Security Report.

 Other campus safety and  security resources include services provided by many other University departments such as the Department of Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Environmental Safety, Transportation Services (Shuttle-UM), Health Center, Office of Student Conduct, and Counseling Center to name a few.  The Annual Security Report goes into further detail about the programs and services of these departments.

 “Reviewing the information outlined in this brochure will increase your awareness, and awareness is the precursor to action” stated Mitchell.

 The Annual Security Report is available online at:

http://www.umdps.umd.edu/Brochure/safety&security.pdf

 Contact:

Captain Marc Limansky
limansky@umd.edu / 301-405-7402

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