Sean Christopher Urbanski: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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Sean Christopher Urbanski. (University of Maryland Police)

A 22-year-old University of Maryland student is accused of fatally stabbing a Bowie State University student who was visiting the College Park campus on Saturday, police say.

Sean Christopher Urbanski attacked the Bowie State student about 3:05 a.m. on Regents Driver near Montgomery Hall, the University of Maryland Police Department said Sunday in a press release.

Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, fled from the scene, but was arrested by Prince George’s County Police not far from the scene. Witnesses identified him as the stabbing suspect, police said.

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The victim, a black male whose name has not been released, was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Bowie State University officials said they would be releasing more information about him later Sunday.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Urbanski Stabbed the Victim During a ‘Incoherent & Intoxicated’ Attack That Was ‘Totally Unprovoked,’ Police Say

Sean Urbanski is accused of stabbing the Bowie State University student during an “incoherent and intoxicated attack,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

The University of Maryland Police Department said officers responded to a report of an assault with a knife about 3:05 a.m. on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall.

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“Officers immediately responded to the area and located the male victim on the sidewalk suffering from serious injuries,” the police press release said. “Officers provided medical assistance until paramedics arrived. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by medical staff.”

Police said Urbanski was taken into custody on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall, not far from the stabbing scene. “Witnesses positively identified the individual as the male who assaulted the victim,” according to police.

The victim was visiting the campus and was waiting for an Uber with two friends when the assault occurred.

UMPD Police Chief David Mitchell told the Washington Post that Urbanski and the victim did not know each other. He said Urbanski “approached and, totally unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the chest.”

According to police, video of the stabbing was recorded on surveillance cameras. Mitchell said a folding knife was found at the scene and is believed to be the weapon used by Urbanski.

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2. He Was a Student at the University of Maryland, but Wasn’t Set to Graduate This Year

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Sean Urbanski. (Facebook)

Urbanski was a student at the University of Maryland, but was not set to graduate this week, The Diamondback, the school’s newspaper, reports. On Twitter, Urbanski lists himself as a member of the class of 2017, but it appears he was set to graduate in 2018.

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He is originally from Severna Park, Maryland, where he graduated from Severna Park High School in 2012, according to his Facebook page.

Urbanski is a Kinesiology major, according to his Linkedin profile. He studied engineering from 2013 to 2014 at the University of Maryland, before leaving the school. He then graduated from Anne Arundel Community College in 2016 with an associate’s degree in transfer studies, with a focus on biology, and went back to UMD.

He works in customer service at the Severna Park Lanes in his hometown, a job he’s had since 2012, according to his Linkedin page.

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3. Urbanski Is a Member of an ‘Alt-Reich’ Facebook Group Where Members Post Racist Memes

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A screenshot from Sean Urbanski’s Facebook page.

Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation,” where members post racist and other offensive memes. It is not clear if he was an active member of the group or why he joined.

A motive for the attack is not yet known. Police said Urbanski was drinking prior to the attack.

UMPD Police Chief David Mitchell told the Washington Post that though the victim is black and the suspect is white, the attack does not appear to be racially motivated.

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4. He Is Being Held Without Bail on Charges of First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder & First-Degree Assault

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Sean Urbanski. (Twitter)

According to online court records, Urbanski is being held without bail on three charges: first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

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He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at the courthouse in Marlboro, Maryland, on June 15 at 8:45 a.m.

Urbanski does not appear to have a previous criminal record in Maryland. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney.

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5. Both Universities Planned to Hold a Moment of Silence During Their Commencement Ceremonies

Both the University of Maryland and Bowie State University are planning to hold moments of silence during commencement ceremonies this week.

“Words cannot express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and to the entire Bowie State community,” UMD President Wallace Loh said in a statement. “I ask that every member of our campus community join me in keeping the victim’s family in their thoughts and prayers. There is strength in our unity as we grieve. For this reason and in solidarity with the Bowie State community, we will honor a moment of silence to begin tomorrow’s commencement exercises.”

Bowie State President Mickey Burnim said the university is in mourning over the “tragic loss of life,” in a statement posted to the school’s website.

“Our first thoughts of condolence go to the family for this tremendous loss of a son, who had the promise of a bright future. Our prayers of concern also extend to those within the Bowie State University community as we try to cope with this tragic loss of life,” Burnim said. “As we struggle to deal with our emotions, let’s find appropriate ways to express our sorrow and hope for justice. Let’s remember our words and actions have the power to heal and the power to hurt. Let’s strive to use our actions to bring comfort and peace.

“When tragedies happen, they can either bring communities together or tear them apart,” Burnim said. I sincerely hope that in the days to come, the Bowie State University community can find a way to come together, lift each other up, and remember the one who we’ve lost.”

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