UMD Police charge former employee for racist graffiti

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College Park, MD – The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) charged an 18-year-old former employee for hateful racially charged graffiti found inside the men’s restroom of a dining hall.

Terrell Demonte Alexander, 18-year-old male, from Lanham, Maryland is charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property and two counts of damage to property, according to the UMPD.

Police say they received a criminal summons for hate bias vandalism incidents in the Ellicott Dining Hall on October 23 and November 3.

“We take incidents of hate-bias in our community very seriously, which is reflected in the extensive effort to identify the individual responsible. Thanks to our officers, who spent many hours reviewing video footage and interviewing potential witnesses, to Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division, who analyzed handwriting samples and to the university’s Dining Services for their attentive proactive response towards the incidents,” said Police Chief David B. Mitchell

During the investigation, handwriting samples and photos of the graffiti were submitted to the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division. During the forensic analysis, Alexander, a former UMD employee, was linked to the hate bias graffiti.

“We continue to encourage the community to contact us when witnessing incidents of hate so we can all work together to keep our campus safe. Creating a safe and welcoming campus for all members of the UMD community is our top priority. Our message is clear. Hate is not welcome here.” – Chief David B. Mitchell