HYATTSVILLE, Md. - One person was arrested and a second suspect remains at large after an unarmed security guard was shot during a robbery at the University of Maryland University College's Inn and Conference Center early Tuesday morning.
According to police, two armed men back through the back door of the conference center at around 1 a.m. and stole three safes inside. While this was going on, the security guard encountered the suspects at a loading dock. The suspects opened fire and shot the security guard before taking off.
The armed men abandoned the safes, which were found unopened across the street. A handgun with a loaded magazine was also found in the grass.
The suspects tried to escape into a wooded area nearby, but police were later able to locate and arrest 24-year-old Jamal Ulysses Green of Washington D.C. The other suspect still remains on the run.
FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick and photographer Mike Rickard were on the scene when Green was located in the wooded area and led by several officers to a patrol vehicle.
Green is facing several charges that include attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary, assault, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a regulated firearm.
The security guard was critically injured after the bullet passed through his arm and into his chest. University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell described the security guard as a longtime employee and "a great guy.”
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the security officer who remains in surgery,” said Chief Mitchell. “We do not believe that this attack was targeted at any students or faculty or staff here at the university. It was strictly isolated to the Inn and Conference Center here, which is right on the edge of our campus.”
The second suspect in this crime was described wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, a black hoodie, a ski mask, dark shoes and had his hair in dreadlocks. Police also said he may also be wearing yellow or light-colored gloves and brown hiking boots.
Anyone with information about the robbery and shooting is asked to call police at 301-405-3555.