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Suspect breaks into off-campus UMD student's home


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a suspect who entered a female University of Maryland student's home located on Knox Road in College Park early Sunday morning.

Prince George's County Police Department informed the University of Maryland Police Department that the burglary happened in the 4600 block of Knox Road, in Old Town, College Park around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect peered into the victim's bedroom and then fled when questioned, authorities said.

The student was not hurt and nothing was taken from her home, police said. Officers were not able to find any suspects in the vicinity.

The University of Maryland Police Department offers free residential and building security surveys to our students, faculty, and staff within our jurisdiction. Please call 301-405-3555 for more information.

PG officer's conviction tossed in UMD beating case


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County police officer convicted of beating a University of Maryland student during a 2010 celebration has had his conviction overturned.

James Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault in the 2010 beating of a student during a celebration that followed the Maryland basketball team's win over Duke. Harrison was given a one-year suspended sentence in 2012 and served 30 days of home confinement. But earlier this month, after a reconsideration hearing, a judge overturned the conviction, giving Harrison probation before judgment.

State's attorney's office spokesman John Erzen says prosecutors were disappointed that the judge set aside the jury's verdict. He said the judge gave no reason in ruling.

A telephone message left Wednesday for Harrison's attorney was not immediately returned.

UMD student robbed in College Park, suspect wanted


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A University of Maryland student was robbed in College Park Friday night, the University of Maryland Police Department said.

The robbery happened around 9 p.m. off-campus in the 8800 block of 34th Avenue in College Park, police said. A male student was walking when the suspect went up to him, authorities said. The suspect stole the victim's belongs and then fled on foot in the direction of Metzerott Road.

No weapons were used in the robbery, police said.

Prince George's County Police Department is investigating the robbery.


Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-772-4908).

Oculus VR CEO gives $31M to University of Maryland


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The CEO and co-founder of Oculus VR is giving the University of Maryland $31 million - the largest gift in university history - to construct a computer science building.

University officials said late Thursday that alumnus Brendan Iribe's gift will help build the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation. Most of the gift will go toward the building, which will be designed for work in virtual reality, augmented reality, computer vision and robotics, and $1 million will establish the Brendan Iribe Scholarship in Computer Science.

Oculus VR, based in Irvine, California, develops wearable, immersive virtual reality technology, according to the company's website.

Man wanted for breaking into College Park home


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dominic Dixon, 24, is wanted in connection with breaking into a College Park home on August 29.

Dixon broke into a home located on 50th Place, police said.

Dixon is often at a motel located in the 5000 block of Branchville Road in College Park, Md., police said.

If you know where he can be found, please call 301-699-2601.


Dental clinic being held at University of Maryland


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - More than 800 volunteers including dentists, hygienists and dental assistants are participating in a dental clinic at the University of Maryland.

The clinic is being held Saturday on the school's basketball court, which has been converted into a mobile dental clinic with 100 dental chairs. Volunteers are performing cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals.

The clinic started Friday and is continuing Saturday, but organizers said around 8 a.m. Saturday that they were already at capacity for the number of patients they can serve for the day. Organizers say they expect to provide more than $1 million in free dental care to 1,000 patients.

The event is part of the two-day Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival.


Barricade situation ends at Holiday Inn in Md.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man barricaded himself in a hotel in College Park and threatened to harm himself, say Prince George's County Police. The barricade ended at approximately 3 a.m. Friday.

The incident started late Thursday night. According to police spokesman Harry Bond, a man threatened to hurt himself around 10:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in the 10000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Police arrived at the scene and found the man had barricaded himself inside.

After several hours, police declared the situation over.