A white University of Maryland student accused of the stabbing and the murder of a black man on Saturday was denied, his request for house arrest by a judge on Monday.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, Severna Park, MD, is faced with the costs of the first and second degree murder as well as first-degree assault after he allegedly attacked Bowie State University student Richard Collins III, 23.
Attorney William C. Brennan argued that Urbanski should be allowed to live at home, under the conditions such as GPS monitoring and alcohol abuse treatment while his case. Brennan also argued that Urbanski had no prior criminal record.
The judge refused and said that he will be held without bond, and may restart the application at a later time.
MURDER IN THE BLACK OF MARYLAND, A COLLEGE STUDENT INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME
The FBI is investigating the unprovoked stabbing of Collins as a possible hate crime. Urbanski belonged to the “Alt Reich: Nation” group on Facebook. The association’s members post disparaging comments about African-Americans and others.
An administrator of the group added Urbanski as a member in February. The association, whose page was the cut of Facebook after the murder, had about 1,100 members and included racist, sexist and anti-Semitic pictures and messages.
University of Maryland police chief David Mitchell said he contacted the FBI after he learned that Urbanski belonged to the group.
“We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime,” Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore, said at a press conference Sunday.
COLLEGE STUDENT KILLED IN KNIFE ATTACK IN MARYLAND
Collins, a Bowie State University student was stabbed early Saturday during a visit to friends in College Park campus. He was waiting for an Uber with two friends when Urbanski approached the group shouting, “Step left to left, step left to left if you know what is best for you,” according to charging documents.
Collins allegedly said “no” and was stabbed in the chest with a folding knife, according to the documents. The officials Urbanski, sitting on a bench about 50 yards from where Collins fell, with a knife in his front right pocket. The police said that the suspect had been drinking.
Collins was just appointed as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and would have graduated Tuesday from Bowie State University, said the police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.