Former UMD student potentially faces hard time

univ of mdCOLLEGE PARK – A 21-year-old University of Maryland student was arrested early on Feb. 25 by Baltimore County Police and University of Maryland Police after allegedly making threats against University of Maryland police officers.

Police arrested Ryan Matthew Sulkowski of Baltimore after University of Maryland police were informed of the threats he made against their officers.

"We were informed on Friday morning by an individual that Sulkowski had made statements saying he was applying for a firearms permit, he had access to weapons and he was going to shoot campus police officers," University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said. ''Based upon this information, the University of Maryland Police Department deployed resources and took several precautionary safety measures.”

In a statement from Gary Bernstein (lawyer for Sulkowski) said the complaint to police was a result of a dispute between Sulkowski and his roommate.

“He has no guns. He never applied for a gun permit. There were no guns in the residence," Bernstein said.

Sulkowski was charged with making a threat of mass violence and violating school operations. He faces as much as 10 years in prison and a fine of $12,500.

In a separate incident, Sulkowski was issued a criminal summons on February 13, 2018, for making false statements to a state official.

The trial date for this incident is set for April in Hyattsville. Bernstein said Sulkowski has withdrawn from the university.

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