Well, this must be an uncomfortable day for University of Maryland bigshots used to bragging about famous graduates such as Sergey Brin or Dianne Wiest.
It turns out that Gilberto Valle is also an alum.
Who is Gilberto Valle? He’s the New York City police officer who has been arrested on charges that he planned to kidnap and cook hundreds of women. You can read the charging document here. Warning: It is disturbing.
A University of Maryland spokeswoman just confirmed to my colleague Nick Anderson that Valle graduated in 2006 with a degree in psychology, which helps explain why Valle reportedly wore a U-Md. shirt to court yesterday.
School officials declined to offer details about his time in College Park but at least one of his classmates said she isn’t surprised about his potential legacy.
28-year-old Janel Quarless graduated with Valle from the University of Maryland in 2006. The two were in the same resident advising class. Quarless told Metro she remembered Valle sometimes making misogynistic jokes and “playing up the stereotype about the angry New Yorker.”
“I’m floored, but somewhat unsurprised,” Quarless said. “He just came off kind of hostile, but in a joking way. In retrospect, I can see how it was a mask for deeper issues.”
Quarless said she had an eerie sense it was Valle when she first heard the news about the arrest of an NYPD who graduated from UMD.
“I started shaking, more so because, at one point, I was acquainted with a future psychopath,” she said. “I can’t say that I’m shocked.”