Feds Roundup 10,000 Fugitives

Kudos to law enforcement nationwide for making a dent last week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 10,000 fugitives, many wanted for violent crimes, were rounded up over the past week in a coordinated nationwide effort led by U.S. marshals, law enforcement officials announced Thursday.

Officers from 960 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies took part in the search, which coincided with Crime Victims Rights Week. The dragnet caught 10,340 people, some of whom had two or more outstanding arrest warrants.

More than 150 of those arrested were wanted for murder, another 550 were sought on rape or sexual assault charges, and more than 600 had outstanding arrest warrants for armed robbery, officials said. Among those captured were 150 gang members and 100 unregistered sex offenders, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a news conference announcing the results of “Operation Falcon.”

…The dragnet was the largest ever in numbers of arrests and involved local, state and federal authorities, said Marshals Service spokesman David Turner. Previous coordinated roundups resulted in arrests in the hundreds, but did not involve as many officers or agencies, he said.Chances are that lives were saved merely by taking these wanted fugitives off the street. Now if we can just get them to hold another roundup next week…

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