- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

The stabbing death of a University of Maryland student has prompted city officials to consider creating a police force to control an alarming crime problem in College Park, which has never had its own department.
Samuel A. Finz, College Park's new city manager, said yesterday he will conduct a public safety study and submit the results to the City Council.
"There's a lot of concern, and we're upset," said Eric Olsen, District 3 council member.
The latest incident occurred Sunday morning about 1:30, when university sophomore Brandon James Malstrom, 20, of Phoenix, Md., was stabbed to death in a dispute with two nonstudents in the 7300 block of Dickinson Avenue.
John Ryan Schlamp, 24, of Columbia and Quan Lewayne Davis, 23, of Hanover, Md., have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held in the Prince George's County jail without bond, officials said.
Investigators are not looking for more suspects at this time, said Debbie Sabel, a county police officer.
Eyewitness and police have said Mr. Schlamp and Mr. Davis were part of a group of men who were kicked out of a student party on Dickinson Avenue. The men were said to have accused Mr. Malstrom of stealing their cell phones to start a fight.
Mr. Davis held Mr. Malstrom by the head while Mr. Schlamp stabbed Mr. Malstrom in the chest, according to county police Lt. Everett Sesker.
Mr. Malstrom died at 6:40 a.m. after surgery at Prince George's Hospital Center.
In the aftermath, College Park officials are questioning the absence of a city police force and the rise of violent crime.
Sunday's stabbing was the third in the Old Town area, directly adjacent to the campus, since September. In October, police conducted a massive midnight manhunt through the neighborhood for two carjackers.
Mr. Finz also will examine such solutions as resident patrols and improving coordination and communication between the Prince George's County and University of Maryland police departments.
He will report to council members at their weekly meeting Tuesday. However, it could take several months to complete the findings.
Mr. Olsen said the city also will host a public forum at City Hall on Wednesday.
Another concern is large, open-door parties held off-campus because they attract area teens looking for free alcohol and the opportunity to rob partygoers headed home.
"If people are being robbed and assaulted, we need more awareness and police presence," Mr. Olsen said.
He and George Cathcart, a university spokesman, agreed that student-only housing developments on or near campus would reduce interaction between students and nonstudents and help solve the problem.


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