A Tulsa man released from prison less than a month ago did not take long to get arrested again.
Alfonzo Lamonse Vineyard, 35, was released from prison only a few weeks ago after serving almost 3 years of concurrent sentences for false personation, violating a protective order, felony domestic assault and battery, and resisting arrest. Last week, he approached undercover Tulsa police officers conducting a sting near 11th Street and Garnett Road, and sold crack cocaine to the two women.
That would have been bad enough for the multiply convicted felon, but Vineyard allegedly took things a step further. After selling crack to the two officers, he then attempted to hire them as prostitutes. According to his arrest affidavit, Vineyard allegedly told the two officers that he wanted to be their pimp, and in return for their prostituting themselves in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City, and for their help in recruiting other prostitutes, he would provide them with "protection, food, drugs, and housing."
Instead, it is Vineyard himself who will be getting food and housing--courtesy of the Tulsa County Jail. Tulsa police arrested him on two complaints of delivery of a controlled substance and two complaints of pandering. He is currently held on $40,000 bond.
This is not the first time Vineyard has made a swift return to custody. He has been in prison much of the last 20 years:
- 1995-1996 for unlawful possession of a controlled drug
- 1999-2004 for attempted second degree burglary, maiming, domestic assault and battery, and child stealing
- 2005-2008 for unlawful possession of a controlled drug after former conviction of a felony
- 2012-2015 for 3 counts of violating a protective order, 2 counts of domestic assault and battery, and one count of impersonating another in order to create liability
In the false personation arrest, police received a call regarding a man in a white t-shirt who fired a handgun. When they arrived near the scene, they found Vineyard, who matched the suspect's description. When police stopped Vineyard, he identified himself as Andre King, and said he did not have identification on him. Because he acted nervous, police did not believe him. During their interaction with him, they eventually uncovered Vineyard's true identity. According to an affidavit, "Vineyard stated that he provided the identity of his cousin, Andre King, because he had just been discharged from prison and he knew he had outstanding warrants for his arrest."
Unfortunately, prison seems to be a revolving door for many people. While in prison, they do not receive the tools for successful rehabilitation, and upon release, they are seldom provided the resources and support to allow them to successfully get on the right path.
Image Credit: Chris Miller