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Robbers target U-Md. students in College Park

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Published on: Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County police officers arrested robbers early Sunday morning in College Park. Police are also investigating an attempted robbery only a few blocks away that occurred Sunday afternoon. 

Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, three men approached a University of Maryland student in front of the Shanghai Café, in the 7400 block of Baltimore Avenue, and punched him before taking his wallet and iPhone. An officer on the scene chased the robbers, and they were arrested. Police said the robbers were armed with brass knuckles and a knife.

According to a Prince George’s County Police Department spokesman, police arrested Samuel Israel Chicas, 17, and Benjamin Chicas, 15. Both are from Riverdale. The third suspect is Edgar Umberto Hernandez, 20, also of Riverdale. 

Both juveniles were charged as adults, and all three are charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and related charges. They are currently being held at the Department of Corrections on various bond amounts, a police official said.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, patrol officers responded to the Varsity apartment complex, in the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue, for an attempted robbery.

Police officials said a man approached a University of Maryland student who lives in the building and produced what is believed to be a fake handgun. The suspect demanded the student’s computer. The student refused and tried to fight off the suspect. During that confrontation, a witness came into the room and tried to break up the fight.

The suspect ran away. Neither the victim nor the witness were hurt. 

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