Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Violent Offender Warrant Sweep Closes 104 Warrants

Upper Marlboro, MD…  The Warrant/Fugitive Division, with $125k grant from the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention, kicked off a multi-week operation focusing on violent crime offenders. The Violent Offender Warrant Sweep was a county-wide operation with deputies on the street late Sunday night through Monday morning.

Twelve warrant teams, from federal, state and local agencies, partnered in the opening sweep which included over 60 law enforcement officers, including Sheriff’s Deputies, U.S. Marshals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Maryland State Police (MSP), Capitol Heights Police, New Carrollton Police, Cheverly Police, Glenarden Police and Greenbelt Police.  The Public Safety Communications Mobile Command Post was used for strategic planning and radio communications for the operation, which lasted more than 10 hours.

The twelve teams went to  250 residences with the goal of closing over 200 violent crime warrants. The operation resulted in 85 arrests to close 104 warrants.  Among the charges of the 85 arrests were 44 first and second degree assaults, 10 Thefts, 7 Domestic Violence-related, five gun-related, two burglaries, and one each of robbery and rape.

Deputies also recovered two handguns and made an additional arrest for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, which was subsequently referred to the County Police Narcotic Enforcement Division.

Sheriff Melvin C. High said, “We appreciate the support and confidence of the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). This support gives us the resources to go out with a significant number of freshly re-investigated violent crime warrants with a hugely improved opportunity for success in apprehending the most violent criminals, and ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens and residents.”

Captain William Mints, Assistant Bureau Chief of Field Operations and operational manager of the initiative said, “We are very pleased coming out of the starting gate on this operation with 85 arrests. The partnership and cooperation with our partners add enormous capacity as we continue our commitment to an overall strategy that is focused on capturing violent offenders. It’s a great way to begin.”

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.

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