More than 35,000 fugitives across the United States were arrested in June as part of an annual sweep that teams the U.S. Marshals Service with local law enforcement in a summer push to clean up the streets.
Among the 35,190 fugitives apprehended during Operation FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Operating Nationally) were 2,356 fugitive sex offenders, the service said.
“This might be considered the cream of the crop for the most violent felons that are out there. For example, we arrested 433 murder suspects,” said U.S. Marshals director John F. Clark at a Chicago news conference…
One operation involved a Cleveland, Ohio, Police SWAT team and the U.S. Marshals, who were following a lead on Jeremiah Jackson, 29, who was wanted for murder, accused of shooting a woman in the back during a robbery.
On June 9, the team surrounded a house where an intelligence surveillance team said Jackson might be. Jackson was reported to be armed and dangerous. But Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Koerbel said once Jackson saw the team, it had its man.
“When he saw he really had nowhere to go, he gave himself up,” said Koerbel. “He made the statement, ‘I’m the guy you’re looking for and I’ll come right down.’ ”
I happened to catch local coverage of the operation here in New Mexico – and went looking for national numbers.
Some of this stuff is so obvious you have to wonder about the people normally leading investigations. Like, the number one tactic utilized by the marshals was door-knocking in the neighborhood to ask if anyone knew where such-and-such a fugitive may have moved on to?
That was one of the positives in the Albuquerque area. The marshals said they received more cooperation than ever before – because people were getting fed up with gangsters being left alone to run the streets.