Richard Collins III (Provided)1/2
Richard Collins III (Provided)
Sean Urbanksi (Provided)2/2
Sean Urbanksi (Provided)
Richard Collins III, a newly commissioned black U.S. Army lieutenant who was stabbed to death Saturday, may have been the victim of a hate crime, authorities say.
The FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime, and police have charged a white University of Maryland student with Collin's on-campus stabbing death.
The suspect, Sean Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III, 23, early on Saturday, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said.
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Urbanski, 22, approached Collins and two friends on a campus sidewalk and told Collins, who was commissioned as an officer on Thursday, "Step left, step left if you know what's good for you," Mitchell said.
When a puzzled Collins said, "No," Urbanski stabbed him in the chest, the police chief told a news conference. Collins, who was to graduate from Maryland's Bowie State University on Tuesday, was pronounced dead at a hospital, he said.
An investigation showed that Urbanski was part of the Alt-Reich Facebook group, which carries racially and sexually charged material, and triggered a probe into whether Collins' death was a hate crime, Mitchell said.
The Facebook site "is despicable. It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith, and especially African-Americans," he said.
Gordon Johnson, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's field office in Baltimore, said: "We are here to evaluate that, as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime."
Police arrested Urbanski on the campus, which is in College Park, Maryland, Washington suburb. He also is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.