CRIME

Group attacks, robs students on University of Maryland campus

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) - The view and high rises on Route 1 are home to thousands of students. Many catch shuttle buses to school, but the vast majority rely on a network of trails and paths that connect to the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

But on Monday night, many who walk and ride here will take an extra glance over their shoulders.

"I think it's scary -- I think people should have the security to walk home and not have to worry about these things," says Andrew Diokes.

"We should be safe here," says student Olivia Pond. "It's a campus and that people are going to get attacked -- it's really scary."

The widespread fear started with a campus alert and message regarding a group of male suspects who attacked two students at about 3 a.m. on Saturday.

The incident initially began as a robbery, but for some reason, the gang turned violent and both students were beaten. The attack happened on a foot path behind the View Apartments, where a campus safety alert informs that it was a group of eight to ten people.

One of the victims was taken to the hospital, treated, then released; the other has injuries that are not serious. However, the damage to the sense of security here is substantial.

"It's definitely nerve-wracking because there's lighting, but there isn't police blue lighting so if something happened I wouldn't know what to do," says  Maryland student Moriah Ray.

The blue lighting she is referring to is those emergency call boxes placed at opposite ends of the path.

"I get so scared coming back here at night sometimes so I run," adds student Kristene Mumby.

"It's really frightening -- I walk around here all the time and run by myself so to hear that is very disconcerting," says Jackie Bumpas.

The area where the incident is alleged to have happened is technically just off campus, so Maryland National Capital Park Police are investigating.

Detectives also now have video from the University of Maryland security system, and there is hope that the suspects were caught on camera. For students we spoke with, the idea of a violent gang lurking in the dark of night is more than unsettling.

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