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UMD Advisory – UMPD Criminal Investigation, Charges Obtained

UMD Advisory – UMPD Criminal Investigation, Charges Obtained

The purpose of this UMD Advisory is to inform you of a hate bias incident that was reclassified to a hate crime by means of electronic communication harassment. A suspect has been identified and charged accordingly. Please see below for details.

UMPD CASE #: 2019-73744


On December 12, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m., UMPD was notified of a hate bias incident that occurred on December 10, 2019, at approximately 8:18 p.m. A female UMD student reported to police that while at McKeldin Library, she received anti-Semitic messages on her cell phone from a person she did not know.

A detective was assigned to investigate this incident. Through investigative means, our detective was able to identify the suspect (UMD student), who sent multiple messages to the victim because of her religious beliefs.

On February 24, 2020, our detective applied for and received an arrest warrant for the suspect. The male, Muqarrab Ahmed Abdullah, 24 year old from La Plata, Maryland, is charged with the following:

CR 3-805 ((b)(1)) Electronic Communication Harassment

CR 3-804 ((a)(2)) Telephone Misuse: Repeat Calls

CR 10-304 (1) Race/Religion Crime: Person/Group

-  Electronic Communication Harassment against the victim because of the victim’s religious beliefs.

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office served the arrest warrant. 

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