Owings man stabbed to death at UMD

FBI in­ves­ti­gat­ing as pos­si­ble hate crime

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

An Anne Arun­del County man is be­ing held in the Prince George’s Cor­rec­tion De­part­ment with­out bail for an in­ci­dent in which he al­legedly mur­dered an Owings man early Satur­day morn­ing at a Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park bus stop by stab­bing him in the chest. The FBI is as­sist­ing in in­ves­ti­gat­ing to de­ter­mine if the in­ci­dent was a hate crime.

Sean Christo­pher Ur­ban­ski, 22, of Sev­erna Park was charged with first-de­gree mur­der, se­cond-de­gree mur­der and first-de­gree as­sault for the May 20 in­ci­dent, on­line court records show. Ur­ban­ski is white and the vic­tim, Richard Wil­bur Collins III, 23, of Owings is black.

“The as­sailant in this case ap­proached and, to­tally unprovoked, stabbed the vic­tim in the chest,” Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Po­lice De­part­ment Chief David Mitchell said at a press con­fer­ence Sun­day evening at the UMPD head­quar­ters in Col­lege Park.

Around 3 a.m. May 20, the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Po­lice De­part­ment was no­ti­fied of an as­sault with a knife that oc­curred on Re­gents Drive near Mont­gomery Hall on Col­lege Park’s cam­pus. Of­fi­cers re­sponded to the area, where they found Collins on the side­walk with se­ri­ous in­juries, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from UMPD. Collins, a Bowie State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, was vis­it­ing a friend at the Col­lege Park cam­pus.

Of­fi­cers pro­vided med­i­cal as­sis­tance un­til paramedics ar­rived, at which time Collins was trans­ported to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal. He was later pro­nounced dead by med­i­cal staff, the re­lease de­tails.

Prince George’s County Po­lice stopped Ur­ban­ski on Re­gents Drive near Mont­gomery Hall and witnesses were able to pos­i­tively iden­tify him as the man who al­legedly as­saulted Collins. Ur­ban­ski was taken into UMPD cus­tody and charged. Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered a fold­ing knife as well.

At the press con­fer­ence, Mitchell was joined by Gordon Johnson, FBI spe­cial agent in charge of the Bal­ti­more Field Of­fice, and Prince George’s County Po­lice Chief Henry Staw­in­ski III in giv­ing up­dates at the UMPD head­quar­ters in Col­lege Park.

Mitchell said Ur­ban­ski ap­proached Collins and his two friends while they were wait­ing for an Uber car to pick them up early Satur­day. He then re­port­edly told Collins and his friends to “step left. Step left if you know what’s good for you.” Af­ter Collins said no, Ur­ban­ski stabbed him in the chest.

“We have no doubt that Sean Ur­ban­ski, with a knife, stabbed Richard Wil­burn Collins and killed him. We know that to be a fact. The ques­tion is why did that hap­pen?” Mitchell said.

Au­thor­i­ties said the hate crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion stems from Ur­ban­ski’s in­volve­ment in an on­line Face­book group, “Alt-Re­ich,” which fre­quently posts racist and other in­flam­ma­tory ma­te­rial. While the FBI will be pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and dig­i­tal foren­sic re­sources to help de­ter­mine if there is a pos­si­ble hate-bias mo­tive to the crime, the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Po­lice De­part­ment will con­tinue to be the lead in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, the re­lease states.

“A young man’s life has been taken away from all of us. The fact that he’s from Bowie State or the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land makes no dif­fer­ence,” Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park pres­i­dent Wal­lace D. Loh said at the con­fer­ence. Loh held a mo­ment of si­lence for Collins at the school’s com­mence­ment Sun­day.

The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit of the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Po­lice De­part­ment is con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact au­thor­i­ties at 301-405-3555. Any­one wish­ing to re­main anony­mous can go to www. umpd.umd.edu/con­tact/anony­mous_tip.cfm.

Collins was a mem­ber of the Bowie State ROTC, re­cently com­mis­sioned as a se­cond lieu­tenant in the U.S. Army in the in­tel­li­gence branch. He was set to grad­u­ate from Bowie State Uni­ver­sity Tues­day with a busi­ness de­gree. A vigil was held Mon­day evening at Bowie State Uni­ver­sity to honor Collins.

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