Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

PGSO attends the Seniors Thanksgiving Luncheon #PGSOisEverywhere

Cadets from the Sheriff's Office Positive D.A.Y. Youth Mentoring Program assisted with the Annual Seniors Thanksgiving Feast at the Accokeek Firehouse hosted by the Roscoe C. Cartwright Masonic Lodge #129.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s Conduct Child Support Warrant Sweep #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff reported that it’s Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) joined Calvert and Charles County, and Maryland State Police in an overnight child support warrant sweep on November 7th. The operation resulted in the arrest of 25 individuals whose unpaid child support arrearages totaled $142,375. One individual arrested had child support arrears in Prince George’s County of over $27,000.

Twenty-five law enforcement officers comprised three teams that began the operation with a total of 59 writs and 25 warrants they intended to serve which came from each of the participating jurisdictions or agencies.

Captain Joyce Bowers, Commander of Child Support Enforcement in the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office said the financial resources and the manpower resources always support our achieving good results. Bowers went on to say that “child support payments assure that a custodial parent has the necessary resources to care for a child’s basic needs - costs that might otherwise be borne by county taxpayers”.

The Child Support Enforcement sweep is made possible by a state funded grant and has been conducted every year for twenty years.

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

DVCC is partnering with the Maryland Healthcare Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Department of Health and Human Services to host a film screening of 'Private Violence' on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

13th annual college fair will be held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Eta Zeta Chapter (Bowie State University), the Kappa Epsilon Lambda Educational Foundation (KELEF) and the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex (Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission-Prince George's County, MD).

Warrant/Fugitive Division Felony Arrest Report

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Sheriff’s Office Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the following felony arrests:
First Degree Assault Suspect Arrested

Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Hortencia Velazquez of Hyattsville, MD, who was wanted on an arrest warrant for Assault First Degree obtained by County Police on October 16, 2018. 

According the warrant, on October 9th, officers were dispatched to the 8200 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, MD for a reported cutting. At the scene police officers made contact with the victim who stated that she had been assaulted by Velazquez, saying that she had punched and cut her leaving lacerations on her cheek, arm and lip. The warrant further states that Velazquez left the scene before police arrived, that the victim was treated for her injuries, and that the victim and Velazquez knew each other.

Sheriff Deputies located the suspect at a residence in the 2400 block of Hannon Street in Hyattsville, MD. Deputies went to the residence and knocked at the door which was opened by a man who allowed deputies entry into the residence where they saw Velazquez. She was advised of the outstanding warrant, taken into custody, and transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections in Hyattsville MD without incident.  

Velazquez is also charged with Assault Second Degree.
Child Abuse Suspect Arrested

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Gerald Tucker-Diaz of Hyattsville, MD, on an arrest warrant for Sexual Abuse of a Minor that was obtained by County Police on October 16th, 2018.

According to the warrant, Tucker-Diaz is alleged to have sexually abused a minor between 2013 and 2018.

An investigation by Sheriff Deputies determined that Tucker-Diaz could be located in the 2000 block of Connecticut Avenue in Hyattsville MD. When Deputies went to the location, Tucker-Diaz opened the door and was informed of the warrant. He was placed into custody and transported to the Prince George’s County, MD Department of Corrections without incident.

Tucker-Diaz is also charged with Assault Second Degree, Sex Offense Third Degree, Sex Offense Fourth Degree.

For more information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Deputies Seize Illegal Firearm During Service of Extreme Risk Protective Order

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Intervention Division Deputies reported the arrest of Christopher De Los Santos of Hyattsville, MD on October 27th   after attempting service of an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) during which Deputies charged De Los Santos with Illegal Possession of a Handgun.

In their attempt to serve the ERPO, deputies knocked on the door of De Los Santos’ residence when they heard De Los Santos yell to them from across the parking lot that he was there as he emerged from a vehicle. Deputies notified De Los Santos that an ERPO had been filed against him and that they needed him to surrender any firearms in his possession since an ERPO prohibited him from possession of firearms. De Los Santo gave deputies permission to search, saying that he had no guns. In the process of the search, deputies found a custom metallic magazine containing the maximum capacity of ammunition, which De Los Santos said he found.

After receiving a written Consent to Search, deputies searched the vehicle and the residence and found a black/silver handgun on the vehicle floor board of the driver's seat. The handgun had an identically matching magazine to the one deputies found on De Los Santos’ person.

De Los Santos was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Department of Corrections where he was also charged with carrying an unregistered handgun in his vehicle.

The Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) was created by HB1302 that passed the General Assembly in 2018 and which became effective on October 1, 2018.  The law prohibits possession of firearms by a respondent named in an ERPO while the ERPO is open.

Since October 1st, the Office of the Sheriff has served 10 ERPO’s, collected 17 firearms and 3000 rounds of ammunition. “These numbers demonstrate what an enormously valuable tool this legislation is for law enforcement that enables us to temporarily take possession of firearms and potentially save lives,” said Sheriff High. An Extreme Risk Protective Order may be applied for against any individual who presents an “immediate and present” danger. The order of the court granting the ERPO requires the respondent to surrender all firearms in his or her possession  and authorizes law enforcement to intervene to assure that surrender of weapons is achieved. 
For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff Honoring Survivors of Domestic Violence

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