3 hate bias-related incidents reported at University of Maryland dining hall restroom

- Police at the University of Maryland are investigating three hate-bias incidents found inside the men’s restroom at a campus dining hall.

Police say offensive writing or drawings were found between Sept. 28 and Oct. 9 at the Ellicott Dining Hall.

The first one was reported to police on Sept. 28 at around 10 a.m. Offensive drawings and language were found on the wall in the restroom, police say.

Another incident was reported on Oct. 7 at around 5:43 p.m. Responding officers found a swastika drawn on the wall in the men’s restroom.

Police responded to the dining hall again on Oct. 9 at around 3:50 p.m. and found more offensive writing in the same restroom.

Last week, campus police arrested a 52-year-old male employee for spray-painting a swastika on a trash cart inside a residence hall.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that will help find the person responsible for the incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Maryland Police Department at 301-405-3555 or by emailing investigations@umpd.umd.edu. Anonymous tips can also be left at http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm

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