Olney Man Arrested for University of Maryland Sexual Assault

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) announced that 30-year-old Joshua Leo Black of Olney has been arrested and charged with two assaults that occurred at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Per the University of Maryland Police Department:

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit announces an arrest has been made in the Second Degree Assault that occurred inside McKeldin Library on April 4, 2022, along with new
information that led to additional charges. Just before 10 a.m., on April 4, 2022, a male suspect committed an assault against a female victim. The victim confronted the suspect who then left the building. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area and our Security Operations Center began reviewing cameras inside McKeldin Library and the surrounding area.
On April 5, 2022, thanks to the news coverage, we received information that led to the identification of the suspect. Our detective applied for and received a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Leo Black, 30-year-old from Olney, Maryland. Mr. Black has been charged with the following in connection with the Second Degree Assault case:
CR 3-203 Assault – Second Degree
ED 26-101((b)) School Molest ETC Other Loc
ED 26-102 School: Trespass on Ground
On April 5, 2022, at approximately 4:35 p.m., UMPD was notified of a Fourth Degree Sex Offense (unlawful touching) that occurred on Saturday, April 2, 2022. The female victim reported to police that she was walking near Harford Hall on Saturday around 9:30 a.m. As she was walking, a male passed her and then unlawfully touched her and committed an assault. The victim screamed and the male left the area. No injuries were reported.
Our Security Operations Center conducted a review of the cameras in the area of Harford Hall and verified that the suspect in this case was the same suspect in the McKeldin Library case.
On April 5, in the evening hours, our detective along with the Montgomery County Police Department, located Mr. Black and took him into custody for the Second Degree Assault case that occurred at McKeldin Library.
On April 6, 2022, in the morning hours, our detective applied for and received a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Leo Black, 30-year-old, from Olney, Maryland. Mr. Black has been charged with the following in connection with the 4 degree sex
offense (unlawful touching) case:
CR3-308 ((b)(1)) Sex Offense 4th Degree-Sex Contact
CR3-203 Assault – Second Degree
ED 26-101((b) School Molest ETC Other Loc
ED 26-102 School: Trespass on Ground
Mr. Black is not a UMD student and was issued a Denial of Access to all of campus.
This was a collaborative team effort, and we are very thankful and appreciative for all of our partners.
Thank you to our students who came forward and for each reporting their incident to police. Had it not been for you, we would not have known what we know now, We commended you for your courage and coming forward to report.
Thank you to the members of our Security Operations Center, who we also refer to as Terps Protecting Terps, for your attentiveness in locating the suspect as quickly as you did. During your initial review of the McKeldin Library incident, you discovered that the suspect had changed clothing upon leaving the scene thus providing another image of the suspect that we could share with our community in hopes of identifying him. To our detective in our Criminal Investigations Unit, who for the past 48 hours, was diligent and steadfast in making sure each case was handled with the upmost care and
urgency. Thank you for all that you did and what you continue to do to help keep our Campus safe.


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