An unprovoked knife attack this past weekend on the University of Maryland campus has left 2LT Richard W. Collins III, 23, dead. He had recently been commissioned a Military Intelligence Officer via the Bowie State ROTC program and was to graduate this Tuesday.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, of Severna Park, MD also a University of Maryland student, killed him as Collins was waiting for an Uber ride early Saturday morning with friends.
Collins had been visiting the College Park campus when the incident occurred, and authorities said surveillance cameras captured the attack. Police said Collins was with two friends, waiting for an Uber along Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall about 3 a.m.
U-Md. Police Chief David B. Mitchell said Collins and his friends watched as Urbanski approached the group. Urbanski said “step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” Collins said “no.” Urbanski attacked.
Collins was stabbed in the chest. He died at a hospital.
Urbanski fled but was arrested a short time later by Prince George’s County police, Mitchell said. The victim’s friends identified Urbanski as the attacker.
Police said they recovered a folding knife. They said Urbanski, who lives off campus nearby, had been drinking and it is still to be determined if he was under the influence of any other drugs.
Police sources said that Urbanski, 22, was involved in racist social media forums and had been drinking earlier in the evening.
We at Army WTF extend our condolences to the Collins family and the Bowie State ROTC program. To the suspect now in custody, we hope for a speedy and fair trial followed by a lifetime in a very small cell.