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40 Arrested In Sweep In Anne Arundel County

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Anne Arundel County Sherriff’s Office says 40 people were arrested in a warrant sweep conducted in honor of a 14-year-old boy fatally beaten by gang members.

Sheriff Ronald Bateman says his office will conduct “Operation Fists to Cuffs” annually in hopes of bringing in those with outstanding assault and battery warrants. The Baltimore Sun reports that 50 deputies spread out across the county shortly before dawn on Sunday in an effort to catch suspects by surprise.

The sweep was done in honor of Christopher Jones, who was riding his bike in May 2009, when he was beaten to death by gang members. The boy’s mother, Jenny Adkins, says the warrant sweep helps keep her son’s legacy alive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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