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P.G. police look for teen boxer in toddler shooting

- The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2011

Investigators are looking to question an 18-year-old amateur boxer in connection with shooting of a toddler outside a Glenarden apartment complex, Prince George's County police said Monday.

They have identified Deven Angel Matos, of no fixed address, as the person of interest in the Saturday night shooting.

"At the very least, we believe he has important information related to the investigation and we want to talk to him," said police spokesman Cpl. Evan Baxter.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday when two men exchanged shots in an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road, police said. A stray bullet struck a 2-year-old boy in the face as he was held in his mother's arms. The toddler remains in critical but stable condition Monday, police said.

Mr. Matos has not been named a suspect, police said.

Mr. Matos boxed in the District's Department of Parks and Recreation Youth Boxing Program. In 2008, he was one of five youth boxers from the program to participate in the Junior Olympic National Championships and progressed to the quarterfinals, according to city.

Since a recent shoulder injury, Mr. Matos had fallen out of touch with the league, sources said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's District III Investigative Section at 301-772-4910.

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