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Akauh Kassi, Diamante Sulaiman charged in Maryland assault, robbery

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Two 18-year- old men were arrested Saturday morning after allegedly robbing and assaulting a pair of University of Maryland students in College Park, police say.

Police say Akauh Kassi (pictured left) and Diamante Sulaiman, both 18, approached the students walking near Baltimore Ave. and Pontiac St. around 12:30 a.m., assaulted and then robbed them of a wallet and cell phone. Photo: Prince George's County Police

Prince George's County Police say they apprehended Akauh Johann Kassi and Diamente Akeem Sulaiman on charges of second-degree assault and robbery hours after the incident, which happened on Baltimore Avenue near the College Park campus.

The robbery happened at about 12:30 a.m .Saturday, when two students were stopped, assaulted and robbed, allegedly by Kassi and Sulaiman, at the intersection of Pontiac Street and Route 1.

The victims were not injured and the suspects fled on foot with the victims’ cell phones and wallets.

The incident occurred about a mile off campus, in an area frequented by college students and at a time where tension is at a high around campus. Saturday's incident marks the fifth in similar nature to happen on or near the Maryland campus in recent weeks.

University Police are stepping up patrols and sending more alerts out to students, in an attempt to make everyone safer.

After the most recent robbery, a text message alert went around to all students on campus alerting them of the dangerous situation while the suspects were still at large.

But some students today said the alerts aren’t specific enough and add confusion to an already scary situation. For now, students say they are trying to be more aware and changing their routines to keep out of harm’s way.

“I’ve been walking less; I take the bus and I stay in bigger groups generally,” sophomore Eric Roher said. “They won’t mess with you if there’s a group of 10 people.”

But with nerves high after this rash of crime this year, some seem particularly fed up.

“Why is this happening?” freshman Kelly Hiden lamented. “We’re on a college campus and we’re supposed to be safe."

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