Letters from the Chief 2021-2022

Update on July 28 incident

Dear UMB Community:

Last night at 6:08 p.m., the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD) and Baltimore Police Department (BPD) responded to a fatal stabbing inside a private residence in the 600 block of W. Lexington St. The suspect was still on the scene when police arrived and was immediately arrested. The crime was an isolated incident. No members of the UMB community were involved. 

While our police officers quickly assessed that there was no threat to the UMB community, out of an abundance of caution, we sent a UMB Alert for police activity at approximately 6:30 p.m. UMB Alerts are typically sent via email and text, but an update to our system caused users to also receive a call when the alert was sent last night. We have gone through the system to ensure that future alerts are only sent via text and email unless there is a need to call our community. We sent an all-clear message at approximately 7 p.m.

Crime impacts our community in many ways. We are saddened and angry that this violence occurred so close to home, and we offer our sincere condolences to the victim’s loved ones. The University has resources to support you, including the Student Counseling Center and the Employee Assistance Program if needed. You can request a Safe Walk 24/7 by calling 410-706-6882 and Safe Ride from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. through the Mobile UMB app. You can help keep our community safe; if you notice suspicious activity, call the UMBPD day or night at 410-706-6882. In an emergency, always call 911. 

I am proud of the coordinated response by our UMB police officers and the BPD, leading to a quick resolution. Your safety is my No. 1 priority, and we strive to keep our community informed as quickly and accurately as possible.


Thomas Leone, MSL
UMB Chief of Police

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