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DECEMBER 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MORE THAN 140 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN BALTIMORE FUGITIVE ROUNDUP
“Operation Safe Holiday” Represents Coordinated Law Enforcement Effort to Fight Crime
BALTIMORE – A four-day law enforcement sweep called “Operation Safe Holiday” resulted in arrests of more than 140 fugitives last week, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes announced today.
“Operation Safe Holiday” targeted violent offenders and fugitives who had prior arrests or convictions for violent crimes and has resulted in 141 arrests in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland. From December 10 through 13, 2007, 110 law enforcement officers from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies apprehended fugitives throughout Baltimore.
Of the 141 fugitives apprehended in the operation, 10 were arrested on warrants for murder or attempted murder; 49 were arrested for robbery, assault, or other violent crimes; 11 were arrested for sex offenses; and 11 were arrested for narcotics offenses. Most of the fugitives arrested were wanted for violent crimes or had prior convictions or arrests for violent crimes. As part of the arrests announced today, more than 214 cases have now been closed. Operation Safe Holiday also resulted in 10 gang-related arrests.
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Every violent criminal in jail is one less criminal who can wreak havoc on our streets this holiday season. I am grateful to the law enforcement agencies that assisted in making Baltimore more safe for the holidays by helping to arrest these dangerous fugitives. Operation Safe Holiday is just the latest example of the coordinated efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to fight crime.”
Fugitives who have been arrested include the following:
- Juan Hernandez, age 19, a suspected member of the Toone Street Boys gang from Dundalk: was wanted on a warrant for murder and arrested by members of Operation Safe Streets.
- William Terry, age 27, and Thomas River, age 22: were apprehended on December 11, 2007 by an Operation Safe Streets team on a warrant for assault on a law enforcement officer in reference to discharging a weapon at Baltimore City Police officers on December 10, 2007 in the 800 block of East 22nd street.
In addition to the arrests made during the operation, 18 other warrants were cleared, mostly involving fugitives located in prisons in Maryland or other jurisdictions. A number of the arrested fugitives are being referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for federal prosecution.
The U.S. Marshals Service is commended for their leadership in planning and executing Operation Safe Holiday, as well as all of the participating agencies, including the Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, ATF, DEA, FBI, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore City Public Schools Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department, Howard County Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service, Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Social Security Administration - OIG, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service.