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UMD police arrest man accused of breaking into 3 dorm rooms

Posted: 8:24 PM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-14 19:33:07-05
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WMAR) — A man is in custody after allegedly breaking into three College Park campus dorm rooms.

The burglaries reportedly happened around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday inside Hagerstown Hall. University of Maryland Police were initially called to the location for a suspicious male trying to enter multiple rooms.

Responding officers found the man in question, who appeared to be drunk inside the lobby of the building. After viewing taped footage, taken by the student caller, officers arrested the man.

He was identified as 23-year-old Josue Daniel Sigaran of Rockville, and police say he has no UMD affiliation. After interviewing more victims and witnesses, investigators found out that the suspect had entered three different rooms.

Sigaran allegedly first followed and grabbed a female by the arm in the hallway of the building, until a bystander intervened chasing off the suspect. In the second incident, Sigaran reportedly entered an occupied room and stole items from a desk and left. The suspect then entered a second occupied room, and stopped a female victim from leaving, by removing her hand from the door handle. Eventually, the woman was able to safely exit the room.

A short time later, the suspect illegally entered his third and final room. Two residents inside were able to get Sigaran to leave after one of the victims got on the phone to call police.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Investigators are continuing to review surveillance to determine how Sigaran got into the building to begin with. In the meantime, he is facing a list of charges that includes multiple counts of burglary, assault, theft, and trespassing.