Bowie, MD - University of Maryland student, Sean Urbanski, has been charged with murder, and is being investigated for a hate crime in the Saturday murder of a visiting Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III.
According to NBC Washington, the incident occurred about 3 AM at a bus stop near campus where Collins was waiting with two other friends. When the three realized that the bus had stopped running for the night, they decided to call Uber for a ride.
They were waiting for Uber to arrive when they heard Urbanski screaming just feet away. Urbanski approached the three, as they watched him, and he told them, "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you." Collins said "no", and the three watched as Urbanski continued to approach.
As Urbanski continued to approach, he pulled out a knife with a three to five-inch blade, and stabbed Collins once in the chest. One of Collins' friends ran to call 911 and also asked the just-arrived Uber driver to also call 911. Witnesses provided first aid to Collins until first responders arrived.
Two Prince George county deputies located Urbanski sitting on a bus stop bench about 50 feet from where he had stabbed Collins. Witnesses positively identified him as the suspect and he was taken into custody.
He has been charged with first and second-degree murder in Collins' murder as well as first-degree assault.
The FBI is now investigating the murder as a hate crime due to Urbanski's membership in a Facebook group called "Alt Reich Nation."
In a press conference on Sunday, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said that he asked for "the FBI's help after finding that Urbanski is a member" of the group.
The name of the group appears to be a play on "alt-right" which is a term started by white nationalist, Richard Spencer. Adding the word "reich" indicates that the group is a neo-nazi community group.
Members of the group post "racially charged material."
Chief Mitchell said, "Suffice it to say that it's despicable. It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African Americans."
Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore, said, "We're here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime."
Devastated family members of the victim said that he was a senior at Bowie State University and was scheduled to graduate on Tuesday, May 23. He was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Police presence and patrol has been stepped up across the University of Maryland campus because of fear from the attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Richard Collins III.