Police are Investigating an On-Campus Assault

Police on the lookout for suspect who followed college student into her dorm building and grabbed her before running away.

The University of Maryland Police are investigating an on campus assault which occurred early on Saturday morning.

According to an alert issued by campus police, at about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, a female student was walking to her dorm in Commons 4 when she realized she was being followed by a man.

The student swiped her card to unlock the doors, and entered using the automated handicap door. The man followed her into the building and grabbed her by the shoulders before quickly fleeing.

Police say the student was not injured. They were notified of the event at around 4:15 a.m. when one of the victim's friends flagged down a police officer on Baltimore Avenue.

Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot, 9-inch black male, medium build, wearing a black hooded jacket and dark pants.

The incident is being investigated by the campus Department of Public Safety. They are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact police by phone at 301-405-3555 or by sending an email to investigations@umpd.umd.edu.

Campus police will also provide escort for anyone who, at any time of day, feels threatened while traveling through campus. An escort may be requested by phone or by using the emergency blue light call boxes throughout campus.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected. In a previous version, it included an update that belonged with a different University of Maryland crime incident that occurred a day apart. We regret the error.

morgan gale January 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM
This is just good police work and that of the victim. As a person who would likely have opposed cameras in the 60's and 70's I'm on board now. Let's have more cameras city wide.
Kirk Marchand January 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM
My complaint is that the campus police are far too busy on Route 1 and are not patrolling on campus. They're supposed to be campus police; while Route 1 bisects campus it is not on campus. The police are too busy trying to generate income through traffic stops instead of driving around campus. I'll bet that there were University police doing traffic control on Route 1 while this was happening. There's also the issue of the police dictating to the city what businesses should be in downtown College Park. If there was a robust police presence on campus things like this wouldn't happen. Until there are zero assaults and zero robberies on campus the police need to take care of their number one job before they even think about pulling people on Route 1. That's the county police's jurisdiction and the county police's job.
morgan gale January 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The problem with your premise its that we don't havea police department. If they didn't do it, and focus on the business district, old town sands Calvert Hills we would have more crime in th neighborhood.a


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