Gaithersburg, MD — Guns Loaded? Check… Extra Ammunition? Check… Bullet-proof protective vests? Check… Right home address? Uh oh! In yet another SWAT Team flub, a home has been raided, and its occupants beaten. However, once again, the police went to the wrong address.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Gaithersburg admits they got it all wrong when they burst into Israel Orellana’s home in Montgomery County. Orellana has the same name as the man police were searching for in a gun theft case. But still, incredibly, Carroll County got a warrant to search the wrong address. Worse yet, the group of people gathered in the home were church goers who were spending the night socializing and praying.

Orellana told reporters, “I thought it was my mom’s friends because sometimes they pray and they start dancing.” But that night, it wasn’t dancing which was disturbing his peace, it was officers of the peace doing so.


“So I get up from my bed and I start walking over to my door. And as I’m opening my door, I make eye contact with the SWAT officer and he pushes up against the door with his shield and he slams me against the wall.” Then, he describes what TFTP has all too often criticized, the charges of resisting arrest to free citizens who feel they’ve done nothing for which they should be arrested. “He starts screaming at me, ‘Stop resisting! Stop resisting!’” while the SWAT team raid continues to go down.

Orellana showed FOX 5 a bruise on his face and scrapes on his arm. He said his hands were tied behind his back and he was taken upstairs to find that his family and his mother’s friends were also detained. He says officers barged in on his 14-year-old sister in the bathroom.


“It was really horrific,” he said. “You feel really helpless during the whole situation. Like you know you’re innocent, you’re telling them you’re innocent, but they just see you as a criminal.”

The raid consisted of two counties working together to effect an arrest of another “Israel Orellana,” who was wanted in the burglary of 20 guns and money stolen from a residence. The police acted on video surveillance they’d acquired from casing the home but even armed with video imagery, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office still got it wrong. They got a judge to issue a search warrant for Orellana’s home and then requested that Montgomery County police execute it.

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Both Israel Orellanas live in Gaithersburg and share similar appearances as stated by police who used Orellana’s driver’s license to determine identity.

Colonel Larry Suther told FOX 5 that an internal investigation will be conducted into the egregious error. “We’re going to take a hard look at how we got to that point,” Suther said.

Orellana says he wants the police to be held accountable for their actions, especially since his mother had to be hospitalized for the subsequent panic attack. She’s also battling cancer and currently undergoing treatment.

“She’s undergoing chemo, so her medicine puts her at high-risk of a heart attack…And when she had the panic attack, it was very serious to all of us,” he said. “This isn’t really about money to me. There needs to be action taken. People need to be held responsible, and they need to do a better job,” he emphasized again.

“Like, it’s just that plain and simple. They can’t be breaking into people’s houses just because I have the same name and I look like someone,” he concluded.

We at The Free Thought Project have been chronicling the actions of the Police State which acts with impunity and refuses to pay for damages for invalid incursions such as the one described in the aforementioned story.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement, which, by the way, makes no mention of any promise to pay for any damages caused by the lawless home invasion.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, following investigative leads in a case where numerous guns had been stolen from a residence in Carroll County, obtained search warrants for a residence in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, the suspect shared the same name and general location as an unrelated person, and investigators initially went to the unrelated persons address.

So, once again, as evidenced in the thoughtlessly prepared statement, the police are again blaming the victims, in no uncertain terms, that he was targeted because he had the same name, lived in the same general area as the suspect, and may have shared some type of similar appearance. Yes, that sounds a lot like racial profiling. Nice work men! Thank you for your service, now go fix Mr. Orellana’s home and pay for him and his mother’s medical bills.

Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine
  • Not pro Israel

    Citizen Retribution Squads R needed.

  • Taco Bell

    Cops are like… eh, close enough.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Swats or clots?

  • IceTrey

    What are the odds of two Israel Orellanas living near each other?

    • PJ London

      I went for 60 years never meeting another person with my name. I started a consulting job in a bank in London, there was another person with the same name in the bank. Not surprising they have 10,000 employees. He was in the same department, sat on the same floor within 30 feet of me, he looked similar, was within about 3 years the same age, and only our middle names differed.
      Stuff happens, I have had some weird coincidences in my life.

      • Bruce_Mitchell

        I made a similar discovery when I started to get debt collection calls and letters from places I had never done business with. After going through a LOT of harassment, prompting my own investigation, it turned out that someone with my name, including the exact same middle name, lived just down the street a few blocks away. It took forever to get that mess straightened out.

  • Liz O’neill

    americans need to set up a citizens militia to protect them from the forces of law and order, americans are now more likely to be murdered by a cop than a terrorist or an armed robber, in fact they would be safer with an armed robber than with a cop., this family was lucky, the thugs masquerading as police officers didn’t actually murder them in their own home.

  • Mike

    The judge that signed the warrant as well as the cops that raided the wrong house should all be held personally liable for all damages and lawsuits that arise because of this incompetence. When you are violating someones 4th amendment rights, you have to do some ACTUAL INVESTIGATIVE WORK! Until we hold judges and cops accountable, it will continue, either that or we must shoot them dead when they break and enter!!!


    Wow, these scrolling banner ads below are horrible.

  • Gordon Klock

    Another example of the state’s unremitting, poorly hidden, & total, hostility towards the populace, as they again feign ‘ignorant noble intentions’ acting on ‘bad information’ (which happens often enough, to make me paranoiacally wonder, if these ‘wrong addresses’ are secretly deliberate somehow, for reasons we’re never told)……

  • Mother Earth

    Surely these glorified thugs have got better things to do with their time like booking motorists for driving in a car on the right side of the road or walking down the wrong side of a or looking at them the wrong way, To Protect and Serve themselves to any human violation they want and make it stick. You have very little if any democracy in America with trigger happy cops ready to beat any freedom you have left out of you.

  • Sokr8ez

    Sue officers individually in civil court. They will only listen when they lose all they own. Even obeying an order does not permit someone to violate your Constitutional civil rights.

    • Bill the eighth

      You can’t, the cross dressing tyrants in black robes will tell you the thugs have “qualified immunity” and can’t be sued.

  • PJ London

    The real problem is the ‘Stop resisting’ [email protected]
    You get woken and assaulted, and if you do anything or nothing they can (and will) bring BS charges against you.
    This ‘immunity’ has to stop.
    Title 18, section 13, article 242 and 243.
    Put the swine in jail and revoke their bonds. Hit them for thousands and put a few of their families and children on the street. It would soon end this ‘Ooops – sorry’ nonsense.

    • Bill the eighth

      Agreed PJ! I have been calling for the end of “qualified immunity” for years. End it, make them all buy liability insurance out of their own pockets, like all other professionals have to do. When they have too many claims, they become un-insurable and unemployed.

  • Ibcamn

    cops are the new terrorists….homegrown

  • Larry H

    I had never, ever heard of the name Jairo before, then TWO teenagers enrolled in my class a couple weeks apart, both named Jairo Garcia. Different birthdates, thankfully.

    • LowellST13

      I would check to see how many Jairo Garcia’s have the Same Social Security or Green Card Number. When I managed a Convenience Store we had to Fire an Employee because she had the same false SS # as 17 other people of the same name and the actual Correct Named individual had died 7 years earlier. Our politicians need to be hung for not upholding immigration laws and numerous other crimes…. Review the Criminal Code Statutes and you will see that harboring illegal aliens can bring 1 year in jail and $1000.00 per occurrence. Sending letters advising this has moved me much further up the RED LIST..

  • Jim Steele

    I hope their democrats…

  • EliWebber

    If everyone in the Police dept. get it wrong and nothing is done about the fuck ups they’ll just keep doing it . If you protect yourself from unlawful raids ,and kill or wound a cop your raked over the coals by the Justice system ,for simply protecting your family and property .

  • Just4You

    …so they basically searched this name on facebook & said “good enough for a warrant”?

  • Wendy Colby

    I am surprised they didn’t “fear for their safety” and wipe out the family so there’d be no one to complain.