Baltimore County Police Arrest 382 Criminals in Holiday Warrant Sweep

382 Wanted Criminals Arrested During Holiday Warrant Sweep

Baltimore County, Md. (January 18, 2012) – A regional warrant apprehension task force arrested 382 people wanted for various crimes during a warrant sweep conducted over the 2011 holiday season.

This initiative was supported by a $90,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).

Typically, the Baltimore County component of the task force arrests about 120 persons on warrants each month. “Getting violent criminals off the street is a top priority,” said Police Chief James Johnson. “The support from the Governor’s Office made it possible for us to arrest more than three times the number of people that we usually do.”

The initiative began on November 28 and ended December 23. During that period, the task force arrested people on outstanding warrants covering a wide variety of charges and including parole violations for murder, rape, and armed robbery.

Notable arrests included:

  • James A. Young, a 24-year-old man wanted on a Baltimore County warrant for sodomizing a 13-year-old boy and on warrants from the Maryland State Police for escape and the Baltimore City Police Department for second-degree assault. The U.S. Marshals Service helped police find the suspect in Michigan. He awaits extradition back to Maryland.
  • Columbus Lester Taylor, a 65-year-old man on lifetime parole for first-degree murder. Taylor violated his parole in November 2011 when he was charged with attempted murder. Mr. Taylor was arrested December 2 in the 1400 block of Oliver Street in Baltimore City.
  • Seth Richard Roberts, 42, wanted for failure to appear for an arraignment on a drug distribution charge. Police found him at a home in the 800 block of Cathedral Street in Baltimore City. When officers were taking Mr. Roberts into custody, they noticed bags of marijuana lying in plain sight. The Baltimore City Police Department’s Narcotics Unit later served a search warrant at the Cathedral Street address and recovered nine pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $25,000 to $35,000.

Kristen Mahoney, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, said, “The funds came to GOCCP through a Justice Assistance Act Grant from the United States Department of Justice. I want to extend my great appreciation to Maryland’s Senators and members of Congress who worked very hard to ensure this critical grant funding is protected in the federal budget. This grant funding is a critical part of efforts by the O’Malley-Brown Administration to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Have you been arrested by the Baltimore County Police?  Contact a Baltimore County Criminal Lawyer, G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at 410-288-2900 to discuss your case and retain an aggressive Baltimore County Criminal Defense Attorney.

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