Letters from the Chief 2021-2022

Assault and Attempted Robbery at Saratoga Street Garage

Dear UMB Community:

At 9:50 a.m. today, an assault and attempted robbery occurred at the Saratoga Street Garage, located at 220 Arch St. Based on our investigation so far, three juveniles on dirt bikes were parked outside the garage. One of the juveniles followed the victim into the garage and claimed the victim had almost hit them. The juvenile then began to hit the victim’s vehicle and attempted to take their car keys. A witness sounded their horn; all three juveniles fled away from campus. The victim was not injured and no weapons were used. University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD) officers are investigating. There is no additional threat to the UMB community at this time.

I am devastated that this occurred at UMB, and we offer our full support to the victim and our entire UMB community impacted by this incident.

UMBPD works around the clock to ensure the safety of our community, but, unfortunately, crime still does occur. I want to be clear – crime is never the fault of the victim. There are resources and small steps you can take to help protect yourself and our community:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something seems off, call UMBPD at 410-706-6882.
  • Avoid distractions like cellphone and headphones.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked when you are inside your vehicle and after you have left your vehicle. 
  • If someone tries to take your property, give it to them! Your safety is more important than your possessions. 
  • Request a Safe Walk on campus 24/7 by calling 410-706-6882 or request a Safe Ride from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. through the Mobile UMB App.

When a crime occurs, it can be profoundly traumatic for our community as a whole. If you need help, resources are available: 

The safety of our community is my top priority. This morning, a witness made a difference by sounding their horn. I want to commend this person on their action and encourage others to do the same if it is safe to do so. Our police and security officers are located throughout campus and in many UMB buildings. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to an officer or call 410-706-6882. Together, we can make a safer UMB.  


Thomas Leone, MSL
UMB Chief of Police

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