UMD Alert

Campus Safety Notification Message

Campus Safety Notification Message

Dear Campus Community,


I am writing today to inform you of a safety threat that was made to our community, for which a suspect is now in custody.


On February 23, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit, received a complaint regarding concerning behavior from an individual. The reporting person told police that this individual made statements that he was applying for firearms and waiting for the background check. The individual continued to state he had access to firearms and he was going to shoot UMPD police officers.


Due to the statements made by the individual, our Criminal Investigations Unit applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Ryan Matthew Sulkowski, 21-year-old male, from Baltimore Maryland, for making the threat of assault against UMPD officers.


In the early morning hours of February 25, 2018, the Baltimore County Police Department took Ryan Matthew Sulkowski into custody and was charged with the following:


One count of CR 3-1001 Threat of Mass Violence – A person who violates this section is guilty of the misdemeanor of making a threat of mass violence and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.


One count of ED 26-101 School: Disturb Operation - Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $2,500, imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both.


Currently, Mr. Sulkowski is in custody and is being held on a no bond status.


Based upon this information, the University of Maryland Police Department deployed resources and took several precautionary safety measures.


We commend the reporting person in this case who came forward and reported to police. As a reminder, If You See or Hear Something, Say Something. If you notice an individual that is behaving in a manner that is unsettling, please call the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) right away so an investigation can begin.



David B. Mitchell


Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety


University of Maryland Police Department

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