FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of College Park, MD
Thursday, November 14, 2019
City of College Park Responds to Targeted Robberies
During the past two weeks separate armed residential robberies occurred in two College Park homes in the Old Town neighborhood. The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) is investigating both incidents. Detectives believe the suspects targeted these properties because someone at each residence had been selling marijuana.
On November 11th, at approximately 7:15 pm, three suspects broke into a home in the 7400 block of Dickinson Avenue. At least two of the suspects had guns and demanded cash from the residents. Once they got the money, the suspects fled. No one was hurt. The previous residential robbery occurred on October 30th in the 7500 block of Dickinson Avenue at 10:40 pm.
The safety of our community is of the highest importance and the City takes these crimes very seriously. PGPD has primary jurisdiction in the City. However, in addition to the regular County patrols and resources, the City invests approximately $1.5 million annually to provide additional officers patrolling City neighborhoods (the equivalent of 15 full-time officers on an annual basis). The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) also patrols certain City neighborhoods, particularly those with many student residents. The City, the County, and the University closely coordinate our public safety actions and adjust patrols and other resources to protect our residents. Patrols and investigations have been increased in response to these and other incidents to capture the perpetrators and deter future incidents.
Anyone with information on these cases should call 301-772-4905. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device). Residents should call 911 whenever they see suspicious behavior, and students are encouraged to use UMD student escort services instead of traveling alone.
News and media outlets are encouraged to contact Ryna Quinones regarding any inquiries or stories about the City of College Park. For all media inquiries, please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (240) 487-3508.