- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Two men were arrested yesterday in the stabbing death of a University of Maryland student, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.
Investigators said John Ryan Schlamp, 24, of the 8500 block of Winter Pasture Way in Columbia, Md., was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
A 23-year-old male from Hanover, Md., also was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon James Malstrom, a junior business major from Phoenix, Md. The second suspect's name was not released.
Mr. Schlamp is described in charging documents as a 5-foot-3-inch white male, which closely matches the description witnesses gave the Diamondback, the school newspaper.
The attack occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday outside an off-campus party in the 7300 block of Dickinson Avenue. Witnesses said Mr. Malstrom and some friends were leaving the party when they were attacked by five or 10 rowdy, drunken males looking for a fight.
Mr. Malstrom died about 7 a.m. after surgery at Prince George's Hospital Center.
The brutal attack is making police and other officials re-examine how they protect students and the campus community from dangerous intruders.
"There's obviously a fascination here with university activities," said Samuel Finz, College Park city manager.
Mr. Malstrom's slaying is the latest in several violent incidents around or affiliated with the university.
Since March 2001, large crowds have started several riots after athletic events. Following the Maryland men's basketball team national championship win in April, 16 persons, including two students, were arrested for rioting and looting on Route 1.
"It's a great school, but it's ridiculous how many crimes happen around here," said Aaron Klein, 19, sophomore communications major.
Mr. Klein lives in the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house, across the street from where Mr. Malstrom was killed.
Last year, two students died after attending fraternity parties, one from alcohol poisoning and the other from a drug overdose.
Two men were stabbed with glass bottles during a fight in the 4300 block of Knox Road on Sept. 25. On Oct. 21, four male non-students were involved in a fight outside a convenience store near campus that left one man with a stab wound in his side.
The number of vehicle and property thefts at the school has also jumped this fall.
"There is reason to be alarmed," said Damon Blackman, 23, a senior history major who lives down the street from Dickinson Avenue.
Mr. Blackman said that small groups of non-students from Hyattsville and other nearby communities come to College Park looking to commit crimes, especially on the weekends when large numbers of students hold parties at private homes and fraternity houses in the residential area east of the campus.
"If there are young people congregating in an area, you have the potential for target crimes," said Andrew M. Fellows, a member of the City Council. "That happens in any area where you have affluent people next to lower-class people."
Still, Mr. Blackman said, most of the violence in the area is committed by students and the crimes committed by non-students are blown out of proportion.
"There's stuff that goes on in this town that's pretty crazy, but most of it is done by students," he said.
Ali Kafshi, 21, a finance major who lives next to where Sunday's stabbing occurred, said groups of non-students often prey on "stragglers" leaving parties, knowing they are probably inebriated.
"In this town, you're never really safe," he said.
Mr. Fellows said one solution would be for the city of College Park to have its own police force. It currently is served by the Prince George's County force. The university force patrols only the campus and Fraternity Row.
Mr. Finz said Mr. Malstrom's death was a "serious message to the university, the city and Prince George's County that we really need to focus on the situation and do everything we can to prevent this from happening again."
"It's like a wake-up call," he said.

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