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College Park Weekend Headlines: Robbery, Assault, Fire

News in College Park this past weekend included a strong-armed robbery at a restaurant, a sexual assault of a student swimming in a fountain on the University of Maryland campus and a single-family house fire.

Police officers and firefighters working in College Park had a busy weekend.

strong-armed robbery took place at the  (8300 Baltimore Ave., College Park) on Friday, June 8, shortly after 4 p.m., according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

The victim of the robbery was dining, with headphones on, in a quiet corner of the restaurant when the suspect approached her table, snatched her iPhone and exited the restaurant, .

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Early Saturday morning, a woman swimming in a fountain on UMd.'s campus was sexually assaulted, wusa9.com reported

The woman was one of a group of female students swimming in their underwear in a fountain on the McKeldin Mall just after midnight. The swimmers had placed their clothing and property alongside the fountain, and a group of about eight to 10 males and females took the clothing and property. 

"One of the victims also reported that one of the males had grabbed her buttocks during the incident. The group of thieves fled from the area, leaving a trail of the victims' property, which ended near the Mowatt Lane Garage. While a good portion of the victims' property has been recovered, there are still a few items that have not been recovered," police said, according to wusa9.com.

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A Sunday night fire in a single-family home in College Park injured no one, but displaced its residents and caused about $25,000 worth of damages, .

Firefighters from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to a house fire in the 9600 block of 91st Avenue. The fire started in the home's kitchen. Seven fire trucks and two emergency medical service vehicles responded, and the fire was quickly extinguished, said Mark E. Brady, chief spokesman for Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

 

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