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28 arrested by sheriff's deputies

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Sunday evening sweep of the county by sheriff's deputies netted 28 arrests.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacy Bourbonnais said after acting on 118 warrants and attempting to make arrests, deputies took 28 people into custody during the multi-year "warrant sweep." She said this was the first sweep of 2007.

"This allows us to get everybody in working the same shift and pull in help from various departments," Bourbonnais said. "It's a concentrated effort."

Twenty field-operations deputies plus 15 other deputies from other divisions, including family violence, jail and fugitive units, helped with the sweep.

"We have these warrant sweeps two to three times a year," Bourbonnais said.

Deputies were successful in arresting two men wanted by the department since earlier this month.

Bourbonnais said Marlon Raynard Royster was arrested at 3022 Deston Circle in Snellville on Sunday.

Royster, also known as Marlon Summerour, was wanted on charges of violation of the state's Controlled Substances Act, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and violation of probation.

The 36-year-old is accused of striking an undercover county police officer in the throat during a drug buy earlier in the month, Bourbonnais said.

A second sweep resulted in the arrest of 17-year-old Michael Diaz, who was wanted on charges of simple assault and disrupting a public school.

Diaz's parents, Jorge A. Diaz-Ceja and Vitalina Diaz, were also arrested Sunday at their 3865 Morgan Box home in Buford and charged with obstruction of an officer after they tried to prevent deputies from arresting their son, Bourbonnais said.

"While Cpl. Chapel was attempting to handcuff her (Vitalina), Diaz's father grabbed the deputy by the arm and put his hand on his face and shoved him off of (Vitalina)," Bourbonnais said. "(Cpl. Chapel) told (Jorge) to get back and attempted to use his Taser when (Jorge) refused. A second deputy providing assistance was able to use her Taser and order the father to the ground."

Bourbonnais said Diaz and his parents were charged with obstruction. The teen's bond is set for $4,600, and his parents' bonds are set for $1,200 each, according to jail records.

Bourbonnais said 13 of the 28 arrests were misdemeanor warrants, seven were felony, five were for probation violation and three arrests were made due to traffic stops.

Because of the increased number of deputies working the sweep, Bourbonnais said, deputies were able to travel in twos Sunday.

"This is the first time in the last couple of years they have conducted the sweep on a Sunday," Bourbonnais said. "They (deputies) anticipated more people would be at home on that day."

Bourbonnais said deputies were satisfied with the number of arrests they made two nights ago and will plan another sweep in the next two or three months to be focused on family violence.

"That's (28) a good number," Bourbonnais said. "We're very pleased with that number of arrests."