Police arrest 24 after stakeout at Queenstown Park

November 13, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel police have arrested 24 men at Queenstown Park in Severn on charges of indecent exposure, soliciting and fourth-degree sex offenses, county police said.

Officers of the Western District Team Police Unit and vice-narcotics division began staking out the park in mid-October, said Officer Rex Snider, who headed the operation.

The investigation was prompted by citizen complaints of lewd activity in Queenstown Park, which abuts the larger Friendship Park. In early October, Snider began noting license plate numbers of cars that frequented the park.

Those charged range in age from 21 to 72. All of those arrested have been banned from county parks, Snider said.

The arrests are a good start, Snider said.

"The people in the community want the park back," he said. "They deserve to get the park back. It's going to happen."

Police will increase bike patrols, uniformed officer patrols and undercover surveillance through the end of the month.

Police and residents will post signs this week at Queenstown and nearby Severn-Danza parks, noting that the parks are under surveillance.

The park will close Dec. 2 for the winter and reopen in the spring.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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