A student visiting the University of Maryland was fatally stabbed over the weekend in an attack authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime.
“We have no doubt that Sean Urbanski with a knife stabbed Richard Wilbur Collins III and killed him—we know that to be a fact,” David B. Mitchell, the university’s police chief, said Sunday in a press conference. “The question is: Well, why did that happen?”
Collins, a 23-year-old ROTC student from Bowie State University, was visiting the College Park campus for commencement weekend when he was approached by Urbanski, a 22-year-old UMD student. Urbanski told Collins, who was waiting for an Uber ride at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning with two friends, to “step left, step left if you know what’s good for you.” Collins refused, after which Urbanski pulled out a knife and stabbed Collins in the chest.
Collins, who was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army and was due to graduate Tuesday, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Urbanski reportedly fled the scene, but was later picked up by police, arrested, and charged with first and second-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail.