Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PGSO Invites you to join us for the "Purple Light Nights" Lighting Ceremony

As you know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This gives us another opportunity in our partnership to heighten awareness of this dreaded societal issue. Please join me and the members of the Office of the Sheriff as we launch a ceremony that will become the symbol of our community’s Unified Voice Against Domestic Violence.  I look forward to seeing you. 

Sheriff Melvin C. High  





Monday, September 29, 2014

DVID Deputies Rescue a Mother and her Children from an overturned vehicle

Domestic Violence Intervention Deputies (DVID) from Squad 30 came to the aid of a mother and her small children early Thursday Morning after they were trapped inside of an overturned vehicle on Maryland Route 202 in Cheverly, MD.

Corporal Terry Hooper, Deputy First Class Adrian Curtis, Deputy Dominick Chambers and Deputy Daryl Humphries came upon the flipped vehicle which came to rest on the driver’s side. The deputies immediately rushed to rescue the family; ultimately breaking the rear window and sunroof to remove the mother and her children from the vehicle.
Members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department responded and transported the victims to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Our daily encounters with people are often challenging because we come in contact with them during sometimes challenging and unfortunate circumstances in their lives. Knowing that the family is fine after rescuing this mother and her children is great work and a great outcome. Of all the work we do, none is better than this,” said Captain Ron Terry, Assistant Bureau Chief Field Operations, Domestic Violence Intervention Division.                                          
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For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Intervention Deputies Arrest 1st Degree Assault Suspect. #PGSO


Upper Marlboro, MD…The Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Intervention Division (DVID) Deputies, responding to a domestic violence 9-1-1 call, reported the arrest of Carlos Wright of Capitol Heights, MD for First Degree Assault.

According to court documents, on September 4, 2014, DVID Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of Balboa Avenue in Capitol Heights, MD for a domestic dispute. Deputies arrived at the location and made contact with the victim who stated she was taking Wright’s belongings out of a vehicle, when Wright became upset because there were some items missing and began banging on the victim’s car. The document further states that Wright picked up a pole and began swinging it at the victim, ultimately striking the victim’s car and causing glass to shatter over a minor child sitting in the back seat. He fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Deputies initiated a routine warrant check that revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for Wright on a Failure to Appear for Driving while Suspended charge. Deputies canvased the area in search of Wright after speaking to him on the telephone in which he admitted to the incident on Balboa Avenue. DVID Deputies located Wright at Southern Avenue and Old Central Avenue. Wright was arrested without incident and transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.

Wright was also charged with an additional count of First Degree Assault, Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Endangerment. 

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

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Attempted 1st Degree Murder Suspect Arrested

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Surveillance Team (FAST) reported the arrest of Thomas Sanders of Hyattsville, MD on an arrest warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder that was obtained by County Police on September 4th, 2014.

According to the warrant, on September 3rd, in the 6500 block of Columbia Terrace, Hyattsville, MD, Sanders is alleged to have approached a vehicle into which he fired a handgun repeatedly, striking a victim multiple times in the chest and arm.  The warrant further states that Sanders was seen holding  the gun  as he ran through backyards in the same block and that he later came out of the house and confessed to a witness that he had shot the victim. 
            
Deputies determined that Sanders could be located at an address near the shooting.  On September 9th, they went to the location where they took Sanders into custody without incident and transported him to District III Police Detectives.

Sanders is also charged with Firearm use in a Felony Violent Crime, First Degree Assault and five additional charges.

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

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested


Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff’s Warrant/ Fugitive Division reported the arrest of Van Gorelangton of Bowie, MD on an arrest warrant for Sexual Battery that was obtained by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office of Fairfield, CA on December 27, 2013.
According to the warrant, earlier on October 18, Gorelangton is alleged to have entered the residence of an elderly couple, located in the 5400 block of LaSalle Way in Vallejo, CA, after gaining entry through an unlocked sliding back door. The warrant goes on to say that Gorelangton attempted to rape the 84 year old female victim. 

On August 27th, 2014 the warrant Deputies received an “Attempt to Locate” notice from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, indicating that they believed that Gorelangton was in this area. Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputies’ investigation led to an address in the 900 block of Lake Front Drive in Bowie, MD. The deputies’ August 28th attempt to serve the warrant was unsuccessful, but on a second attempt on September 8th, Gorelangton answered the door and was taken into custody without incident.
Gorelangton was transported to the Department of Corrections (DOC) in Upper Marlboro where he is awaiting extradition back to Fairfield, CA.  

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

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested



 Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Surveillance Team (FAST) reported the arrest of Lester Rawlinson of Lanham MD on a warrant for Armed Robbery that was obtained by County Police on August 27, 2014.
According to the warrant, on August 25th, in the 9800 block of Good Luck Road in Greenbelt, MD, Rawlinson, along with three other men drove up in a Dodge Charger. One of the men who got out of the car is alleged to have approached a group of people, displaying and pointing a Taser at them and demanding their property.  The warrant states that a cell phone was taken from one of the victims, after which Rawlinson and his accomplices returned to the vehicle and fled the area.
On September 3rd, FAST deputies executed the warrant after their investigation led them to Rawlinson and another suspect, Anthony Brown, at a location in the 9700 block of Woodland Avenue in Lanham, MD.  Rawlinson met deputies at the front door; both men were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Department of Corrections in Hyattsville, MD.  Later that day, FAST deputies also arrested Michael Ferebee on a warrant for the Woodland Ave. robbery and he was transported to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro.
Rawlinson, Brown, and Ferebee are charged with five additional counts of Robbery and for Theft less than $1000 dollars.  Rawlinson was issued a $5000 bond.
For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

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Possession with the Intent to Distribute


 Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff’s Warrant/ Fugitive Division reported the arrest of Rashon Parham of Bladensburg, MD on an arrest warrant for CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute that was obtained by the Bladensburg Police Department on June 25, 2014.
According to the warrant, on June 16th   , in the 5000 block of 57th Avenue in Bladensburg, MD - an area that was under surveillance for drug trafficking - Parham is alleged to have approached the passenger side of a vehicle where he appeared to make a hand-to-hand exchange of an unknown amount of US currency for a small item consistent with the size and shape of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) packaging.   The warrant indicates that the vehicle was stopped, and CDS was recovered that field tested positive for Marijuana. 
The warrant further indicates that Parham was previously observed on June 10th in the 5700 block of Emerson Street where he completed a similar  transaction  less than 1000 feet away from Elizabeth Seton High School. When approached by officers, Parham fled on foot. 
On September 8th warrant deputies received information that Parham was in the Hyattsville area. Canvassing the area, they spotted Parham in the 3800 block of Hamilton Street in Hyattsville. Deputies apprehended Parham and placed him into custody without incident.  He was transported to Hyattsville Regional Unit for processing. 
Parham is also being charged with CDS possession with intent to distribute, Possession of marijuana, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia, and CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute on School Property.
For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354

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