Unfounded hostage report at UMD prompts police search

Main Administration building, two others evacuated after anonymous call

September 03, 2014|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

An anonymous call reporting an armed person holding a hostage at the University of Maryland, College Park prompted campus police to search the Main Administration building and two others Wednesday before declaring the report unfounded.

When the call came in at 3:27 p.m., the department evacuated and swept the administration building, which houses the offices of the president and provost, and nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings, police said. Lee and Mitchell contain the bursar and registrar's offices, respectively.

"After a complete sweep of the three buildings, it was determined that the threat was unfounded and the area was declared all clear," the university said in a statement. "UMPD will continue to investigate this matter and will have high visibility patrols throughout the rest of the evening."

Wednesday was the second day of the university's fall semester.

The full text of the announcement is below:

At approximately 3:27 p.m. today the University of Maryland received an anonymous phone call alerting of a threat of an armed individual holding a hostage at gunpoint in the Main Administration building. The University of Maryland Police Department responded immediately, evacuating and sweeping the entire Main Administration building, as well as conducting sweeps of nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings. After a complete sweep of the three buildings, it was determined that the threat was unfounded and the area was declared all clear. UMPD will continue to investigate this matter and will have high visibility patrols throughout the rest of the evening.

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