A Severna Park man charged in the stabbing death of a Bowie State student visiting the University of Maryland was ordered held without bond Monday.
Sean Urbanski, 22, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of 2nd Lt. Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, early Saturday at a bus stop on the College Park campus.
Police said Urbanski stabbed Collins in the chest after Collins did not comply with Urbanski's demand that he "step left, step left if you know what's good for you." The attack was captured by surveillance cameras, university police said. Collins died at the hospital.
The homicide is being investigated as a possible hate crime as the FBI is looking into Urbanski's online interactions with a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich," of which he was a member.
During a short hearing in Upper Marlboro, District Court Judge Patrice E. Lewis ordered Urbanski to remain in the Prince George's County detention center. She noted the random nature of the attack in calling the Severna Park High School graduate a "clear danger" to the community.
"The universe of the number of people who could be sitting at a bus stop is quite large," she said.
Joseph Ruddy, Prince George's County assistant state's attorney, said Collins had "absolutely no contact" with Urbanski before the attack.
Lewis denied a request by an defense attorney William C. Brennan Jr. that she set bail and release Urbanski on house arrest, monitor him with a GPS device and require substance abuse treatment.
Brennan said his client was intoxicated at the time Collins was attacked and his version of bail would guarantee that Urbanski show up for court.
Urbanski stood still and said nothing as he appeared on the courtroom television via cameras from the detention center.
His mother and father sat quietly during the hearing and did not speak on behalf of their son.
As the couple left the courtroom with Brennan alongside them, they did not answer questions from reporters regarding their son's online activities.
The possibility of Urbanski being charged with a hate crime dominated an afternoon press conference held by the State's Attorney's Office following the hearing.
Collins, who was black, was a student at Bowie State visiting friends who attended the University of Maryland.
Urbanski, who is white, was living off campus at the University of Maryland, Brennan said.
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said it would probably take more than Urbanski's involvement with the "Alt-Reich" Facebook group to charge him with a hate crime.
Group members have written numerous posts praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and lauding controversial politicians, such as David Duke, a former Republic Louisiana State Representative and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Alsobrooks said her office will wait for the investigation to conclude before considering charging Urbanski with a hate crime. With campus, county and federal authorities all involved in the investigation, Alsobrooks said it could take time.
"We are not even close to concluding that this is a hate crime," she said.
County Police Chief Hank Stawinski addressed the unease in the community over Collins' death, saying "at the end of the day, this community is hurting."
"And it's extending beyond the University of Maryland community. It's extending beyond the Bowie State University community," he added.
The two did not answer whether Collins' death was representative of a larger issue of white supremacist groups at the University of Maryland.
University Police found a noose inside the college's Phi Kappa Tau chapter house on Fraternity Row last month.
"Those are questions that will have to be answered probably in another forum," Alsobrooks said.
Collins, from Calvert County, was scheduled to graduate Tuesday with a degree in business from Bowie State University, and was commissioned May 18 to join the Army. He was involved with Bowie State's ROTC chapter, police said.
While he had yet to be deployed, Alsobrooks said Collins "was a person who represented, in every way possible, the very best of this community."