Former employee charged in connection with racist graffiti found inside UMD dining hall
An 18-year-old man is facing multiple charges after University of Maryland Police say he was connected to racist graffiti found inside the men's restroom of a dining hall in two separate instances.
According to police, a university employee found racially charged writings inside of a bathroom stall in the Ellicott Dining Hall on October 23, 2017, at around 12:06 a.m.
Then, another UMD employee found more racially charged writings inside of a bathroom stall in the same dining hall on November 3, 2017, at around 12:09 a.m., police say.
Handwriting samples and photos of the racist graffiti were sent to the Maryland State Police Forensics Division during an investigation. Authorities determined the graffiti was linked to Terrell Demonte Alexander of Lanham, Maryland.
Alexander, who is a former university employee, has been charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property and two counts of damage to property of certain classes of persons or groups.
UMPD Police Chief David B. Mitchell released the following statement in relation to Alexander's charges Friday:
"We take incidents of hate-bias in our community very seriously, which is reflected in the extensive effort to identify the individual responsible. Thanks to our officers, who spent many hours reviewing video footage and interviewing potential witnesses, to Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division, who analyzed handwriting samples and to the university’s Dining Services for their attentive proactive response towards the incidents.
We continue to encourage the community to contact us when witnessing incidents of hate so we can all work together to keep our campus safe. Creating a safe and welcoming campus for all members of the UMD community is our top priority. Our message is clear. Hate is not welcome here."