US Marshals apprehended more than 800 fugitives in ten cities

The US Marshals Service apprehended 833 fugitives in ten cities as part of Operation North Star II (ONS II), a high-impact fugitive apprehension initiative.

The 30-day operation was focused on cities with a high number of killings and shootings

The fugitives included violent criminals, sex offenders, and self-identified gang members from Albuquerque, New Mexico; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Oakland, California; and Puerto Rico.

“The results of this operation will make clear that the Department of Justice and our partners across the country will stop at nothing to find and bring to justice those responsible for violent crimes,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Justice said in a press release. department. “The US Marshals Service, and the entire Department of Justice, will continue to work in partnership with community leaders and law enforcement professionals nationwide to protect our communities.”

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In addition to the arrests, the Marshals Service seized 181 firearms, more than $229,000 in currency and more than 160 kilograms of illegal narcotics.

“The US Marshals Service remains committed to helping law enforcement and community leaders at all levels combat violent crime,” said US Marshals Service Director Ronald Davis. “The success of ONS II is based on a laser focus on the most significant drivers of violence. We are confident that arresting these criminals will bring a level of justice to their victims and contribute to the overall violence reduction efforts in each city and hopefully bring a level of justice to their victims. .”

The Justice Department listed some notable arrests, including Gregory Kalwitz and Jessica Downing, who were arrested Jan. 20 in Cleveland by members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. They were wanted in Henry County, Ohio on interference with custody warrants after running away with an 8-year-old girl.

“Jermaine Westbrook was arrested on January 26 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, by officers of the US Marshals Service Southern District of West Virginia with the assistance of members of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team,” the department said. “Westbrook was wanted in Franklin County, Ohio for felony assault, murder and parole violation.”

Another notable arrest was “Antonio Jenkins was arrested on January 13 in West Allis, Wisconsin by members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Jenkins was wanted in Milwaukee on numerous charges including first-degree reckless endangerment, selling/possessing/using/transporting a firearm, battery, and a machine gun.”