Man arrested in attempted robbery of University of Maryland student

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Naomi Jagoda,University of Maryland

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for an attempted robbery at an apartment building near the University of Maryland campus, Prince George's County police said.

Demonte Antonio Spearman, of College Park, was interviewed by detectives on Wednesday and admitted to the crime, police said.

On Jan. 27, Spearman allegedly entered an apartment building in the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park and approached a University of Maryland student who was in a common room. The suspect took out what police believe was a fake handgun, and he demanded the student's computer, police said.

The victim refused to hand over his computer, and he tried to fight off Spearman, police said. A witness tried to break up the fight, and the would-be robber ran away. The victim and the witness were not injured.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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