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U-Md. students warned after muggings

Authorities have issued an emergency alert for University of Maryland students after three muggings in recent days around the College Park campus, emergency officials said.

In the most recent incident, a university student was walking on Hartwick Road at Princeton Avenue around 2 a.m. Saturday when he was approached by four suspects, who tackled him, removed the cash from his wallet and fled. The victim suffered minor abrasions from the assault.

University of Maryland Police Capt. Marc Limansky is urging students to be careful walking alone at night and to take extra precautions such as programming emergency numbers into cellphones.

"We want to make sure students are aware of when to take precautions," he said. “It’s typically in the early morning hours -- 2 to 4 a.m. is the most likely time a person is going to become victimized."

Limansky said the Saturday mugging was similar to two other recent incidents.

About 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, three students were waiting at an off-campus bus stop on Berwyn House Road when they were approached by men who demanded their belongings, police said.

Two of the students were able to escape and ran to a nearby fire station, police said. They said the third student was punched several times. The assailants stole cash from him then fled.

In the third incident, three students leaving EJ’s Landing Restaurant around 12:45 Aug. 27 were mugged in the parking lot of a nearby hotel.

-- Annie Gowen

By Maria Glod  |  September 7, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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U of MD is at the edge of the ghetto and crimes there have been on the rise for years. A greater police presence has been needed in college Park for some time.

Posted by: soccerhead | September 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Heaven forbid the University should build DORMITORIES for its students. Much better to throw them off campus and let them learn how to survive in the city. Naturally, all the easy prey on the streets attracts predators.

Posted by: pundito | September 7, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I went to grad school at UMD and I rarely (if ever) felt safe walking to the metro.

The University should consider moving out of the craphole of PG County.

Posted by: kenk3 | September 7, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Add two more to the list... Monday night:

http://collegepark.patch.com/articles/two-seperate-armed-robberies-occur-in-college-park

It's starting to sound like this is the work of the same 5/6 people. Those two contract cops are really doing a great job.

Posted by: NotForYou1 | September 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

When they built the Metro this is what everyone was worried about, scum from DC coming up. That is one reason the station is so far from the College. Of course at the time of the planning PG was a blue collar lower level government manager kind of place and they did not have these problems. Now the problems of DC have moved to PG. I find it a real shame that these scum bags feel they have a right to harm and take from others but they are to lazy to go find a job and provide for themselves.

Posted by: Pilot1 | September 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

And yet Maryland is still one of the hardest states to get a carry permit. If they allowed citizens to protect themselves and just scraped this vermin off the streets in the morning then crime would drop sharply.

Posted by: ridingcrops | September 7, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm a UMD grad student, and stuff like this is why I (and most of my friends) live in Silver Spring. Also, the Montgomery County police are more competent.

Posted by: harbeh | September 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The UMCP bureaucraps will deny any of this is happening because it might damage the PR program for the campus and that is more important than the safety of the students. Image is everything. They probably spend more time trying to find excuses for what is happening than they do trying to solve the problem. Someone will have to be killed or one of the administrators kids jumped or an angry parent sues the University, before anyone acts. For right now it looks like the students will just have to fend for themselves.

Posted by: ecomcon | September 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous comments. 1) A college age person walking home alone drunk at 2am is at risk anywhere, not just in CP (happens at Georgetown and Harvard too) 2) There are plenty of cops in College Park, and they do a pretty good job despite awful funding and management from PG County Govt, 3) This is an open campus with no fence or wall around it, so it is open to the rifraf from Laurel, Hyattsville and Greebelt to drive in and cause trouble. If they want to improve safety on Campus, they need to allow some pubs to open ON campus where students are safer, otherwise they'll continue to move off campus near the bars and take chances walking home solo late night.

Posted by: arusty922 | September 7, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I went to grad school at UMD and I rarely (if ever) felt safe walking to the metro.

The University should consider moving out of the craphole of PG County.

Posted by: kenk3
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And go where? Across the street from the Discovery building or next to the school terrorized by some p-whipped white boy this morning?

Huh?

Tell us, oh wise one, please!

BTW, what kind of MAN would feel scared like a little girl to walk to the College Park Metro?

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 7, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

PG county is bad place. I would not walk around that area late at night. I feel sorry for the UMD students because this is what their college experience is going to be about. I would transfer to college in a better location. No need to risk your life to get an education. George Mason is a better option.

Posted by: prettyricky1 | September 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Not that people shouldn't be safe at any hour, but walking around at 1:30 and 2 a.m. these days--anywhere--is just asking for trouble.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | September 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

My son just started at UMCP. Two of the main reasons I did not want him to attend UMCP was the size and location. I worry about the fact that ANYBODY can walk around the campus at any time. I went to the parent orientation and heard the spliel from the Police, but I am still nervous about the ability for slimeballs from anywhere to infiltrate the campus and have a field day with all the naiive new students. I have visited the campus on several occasions since school has opened and I am concerned that I have only seen one partol car driving around on such a huge campus with more that 25K students. UMCP Police and PGC Police need to show they mean business by preventing any more attacks and catching the dirty rats in the act! Maybe UMCP needs to be surrounded by a fence, but it would probably be cost prohibitive at this point. At any rate, something needs to be done before a student is seriously hurt or worse, killed!

Posted by: May_Twin_Boy | September 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Tough cookies

Posted by: MicahLodovico | September 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

When they built the Metro this is what everyone was worried about, scum from DC coming up.
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Why would "scum" from DC take the metro all the way to the end of the green line to rob a bunch of UMD students when there's plenty of Georgetown, GW, Howard, Catholic and American students in the city to choose from?

Posted by: jennifermb98 | September 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

White guilt is why the state of Maryland is in such a sorry state. If the boyz try that down home they know their momma will have to buy 'em a suit for their goodbye!

Posted by: numbersch13 | September 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the UM Police Dept. is inept. I can say this as an expert on the topic. Their officers are inexperienced and would not know police work if it bit them in the rear. They know how to do nothing more than break up parties and harass students. I've witnessed it first hand. You will never hear of an arrest of robbery suspects by UMPD. The only way you will quell this spate of violence and robberies is if PG county steps in, or if DC police happen to make an arrest on their end if these bandits have ties to DC.

Posted by: Sammy82 | September 7, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

PG county is bad place. I would not walk around that area late at night. I feel sorry for the UMD students because this is what their college experience is going to be about. I would transfer to college in a better location. No need to risk your life to get an education. George Mason is a better option.

Posted by: prettyricky1

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I would say ANYPLACE is a "bad place" for a man who refers to himself as "prettyricky1" (you any relation to checkered1?) and is afraid to walk the streets. A real man doesn't have to be afraid to walk anywhere.

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I went to grad school at UMD and I rarely (if ever) felt safe walking to the metro.

The University should consider moving out of the craphole of PG County.

Posted by: kenk3
==========================

And go where? Across the street from the Discovery building or next to the school terrorized by some p-whipped white boy this morning?

Huh?

Tell us, oh wise one, please!

BTW, what kind of MAN would feel scared like a little girl to walk to the College Park Metro?

Posted by: ceefer66

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On the Friday after Thanksgiving 2005, I was walking on Knox Road near Rhode Island Ave and a car pulls up and the window rolls down and someone sticks a pistol out.

I freeze, I hear the thugs laugh from inside the car, and they drive away.

I don't know if it was a real gun or fake.

And besides that, there's a weird vibe around there. Its not a place to relax or let your guard down, ever, especially between the metro and campus.

I'm sure UMD could recruit much better faculty and students if they moved their campus away from the wasteland that is Route 1/PG County.

Posted by: kenk3 | September 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Also, another big part of the problem is that most of the students getting robbed during these times are coming home drunk from the bars at Knox/Rt. 1. They're easy pickens to thugs lurking in the shadows. I'm not saying it excuses what happens, but people need to also make sure not to make themselves victims. Don't be out walking around between 2-4am in the morning, don't be drunk at the time, and the likelihood of you getting robbed diminishes greatly :)

Posted by: guenevere291 | September 7, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Ahh yes, The People's Republic of Maryland, famous for coddling criminals..

Posted by: wewintheylose | September 7, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"There are plenty of cops in College Park"

Posted by: arusty922

Quite simply, no, there aren't. The few that are there are sitting in their cars in the CP Shopping Center parking lot waiting for the bars to empty out. They are not patrolling the neighborhoods where these robberies are happening.

With this current rash of armed robberies, you'd think they would at least pull some all-hands-on-deck stunt to try to catch these people.

Posted by: NotForYou1 | September 7, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

i'm a umd student and the majority of these incidents occur off campus. the umd police do patrol some of the areas off campus, but not all of them. the most recent mugging occurred last night at about 10:30pm on a bike trail that is literally at the end of the street i live on. i have never seen the umd police on my street. only the pg county police come around here, and in the 15 months i've lived here i've seen them drive through maybe 3 times.

honestly, i've never felt too unsafe here until the incident last night. the fact that it occurred well-within my neighborhood and not on a street directly off of route 1 makes me feel a bit uneasy. especially since i use that bike trail every day to get to class. oh well, hopefully now that the media has decided to make a big deal about it, we'll see some changes.

Posted by: me0201 | September 7, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I just dont understand some of these absurd comments. People....STOP making yourself victims. I work on RT 1 and there are so man state troopers/pg police/umd police its crazy. Learn to observe your surroundings. Stop being so GREEN acting like you dont have to be aware of your surroundings. DONT make yourself an easy target, walk in groups, dont walk in closed area, and make yourself seen. It disuist me that some people are so sheltered that they are unable to realize immediate danger. OPEN YOUR EYES!!!

Posted by: MrWiz | September 8, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

oh yeah..stop getting pissy drunk too...

Posted by: MrWiz | September 8, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

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