Wednesday, September 24, 2014

14 Violent Fugitives Captured During U.S. Marshals' 'Operation Road Warrior'

The U.S. Marshals-Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force led “Operation Road Warrior” from September 8-19, 2014. This operation included federal, state and local law enforcement officers who joined together to focus on arresting violent fugitives in Kenai, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Participating agencies included U.S. Marshals from Alaska, Washington and Oregon, Alaska State Troopers, Homeland Security Investigations, Fairbanks Police Department along with assistance from Department of Corrections-Probation/Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The listed agencies participated in this extensive operation where the goal was to locate and arrest violent fugitives who had been on the run or evading arrest by law enforcement agencies.

The successful 2-week operation netted 14 arrests with the following felony warrants being cleared: Contempt of Court-original charge Sex Abuse of a Minor in the 1st degree; Probation Violation-original charge of Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree-Deliver/Possess; Parole Violation-original charge of Sex Abuse of a Minor in the 2nd degree; Assault in the 2nd degree; Contempt of Court-original charge of Sex Abuse of a Minor in the 2nd degree and Non-Compliant Sex Offender with the Alaska Registration; Dangerous Drugs; two Escapes; Failure to Appear-original charge Controlled Substance; Contempt of Court-original charge Escape and Felony Driving Under Influence; Sexual Assault; Failure to Appear-original charge of Vehicle Theft and Misconduct Involving Controlled Substance; Parole Violation-original charge of Burglary in the 1st degree; and Burglary in the 1st degree.

In addition to the 14 arrested, the following items were seized and removed from circulation on the streets of Alaska: 1 semi-automatic pistol, approximately 5.4 ounces of methamphetamine, approximately 3.2 ounces of heroin, approximately 3 ounces of marijuana and $21,000.00 cash.

Although this operation concluded on Friday, September 19, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Service, along with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will continue the efforts to protect the public from violent fugitives and non-compliant sex offenders on a daily basis. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

For more information on Operation Road Warrior, please contact Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Randy Coyne at (907) 271-1391.

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