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Maryland Sex Offender Arrested in West Virginia After Parole Officer Found Dead in His Apartment: Police

Convicted Sex Offender Accused of Killing Maryland Parole Officer
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Emanuel Edward Sewell was captured hundreds of miles from his Maryland apartment, the spot his parole officer was found dead, police said.

Jun. 9 2024, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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A convicted sex offender was arrested after he allegedly killed his Maryland parole officer and then fled before being captured hundreds of miles away in West Virginia, police said.

Maryland Parole and Probation Agent Davis Martinez, 33, recently went to the apartment of 54-year-old Emanuel Edward Sewell in Chevy Chase for a resident check, according to court documents obtained by WTTG.

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Martinez, however, failed to return to work after the visit, so officers were dispatched to Sewell's residence, where they discovered the agent dead and Sewell gone, officials said.

Police said Sewell had been released after serving 25 of his 29 year sentence and was due to come off the conditions of his release in October 2025.

An autopsy determined Maritnez had “multiple injuries" to his body, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police.

Authorities obtained a warrant for the arrest of Sewell, who they believed was driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

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On June 1, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force conducted a traffic stop after locating Sewell’s vehicle on Interstate 64 near Hurricane, West Virginia, a town around 375 miles from Chevy Chase.

Sewell was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, officials said.

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In a statement, Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said, "Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of our community. The death of Agent Martinez is a stark reminder of the dangers we face every day."

Secretary Carolyn J. Scruggs with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services noted Sewell “had mandatory release — not parole."

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