Phoenix, AZ –
David P. Gonzales, the United States Marshal for the
District of Arizona announces the successful
conclusion of Operation FALCON (Federal and Local
Cops Organized Nationally). Operation FALCON, now in
its fifth year, is a cooperative effort among
federal, state, and local law enforcement to rid the
streets of dangerous career criminals. Nationally,
in this years operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals and
their law enforcement partners arrested 35,190
fugitives, 433 of which were wanted for murder.
Fugitives whose cases
were adopted by Operation FALCON were sought by
Deputy U.S. Marshals, Federal Agents, U.S.
Attorney’s, and local law enforcement officers at
every level of government. Additionally, Operation
FALCON task force members handled cases referred by
the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children, as well as from our international partners
when a foreign fugitive is believed to be in this
“These arrests will
help prevent more crimes from being committed by
putting predators behind bars so they can no longer
terrorize our communities,” said Marshal Gonzales.
He added, “We also need the victims of crime to know
that something is being done to apprehend those who
have preyed upon them.”
District of Arizona 643 fugitives were arrested,
clearing 656 warrants. Deputy U.S. Marshals, as well
as their federal, state and local partners arrested
45 sex offenders, 23 documented gang members,
cleared nine homicide warrants and seized six
Based out of Phoenix
and Tucson, the operation targeted individuals
wanted for sex offenses, narcotics, violent crimes
and fugitive gang members. FALCON 2009-Arizona was
conducted throughout the month of June with a
special emphasis on the last two weeks. Components
of FALCON 2009 also traveled throughout the state to
assist many of the outlying county law enforcement
agencies in efforts to facilitate the capture of
fugitives from justice. Law enforcement officers
participating in FALCON 2009 were deputized as
Special Deputy U.S. Marshals allowing them to assist
in the operation without the concerns or constraints
stemming from jurisdictional restrictions.
There were many
notable arrests to include the apprehension of:
- Francisca Canez,
28, was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department
for three counts of Child Molestation, four
counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and six
counts of Sexual Abuse. It is alleged that Canez
molested a minor over a two year period.
- Edward Bolding,
73, was arrested by FALCON Task Force Officers
and Deputy U.S. Marshals in Seadrift, TX.
Bolding, a former criminal defense attorney, was
wanted for failing to appear on the last day of
his December 2008 trial in Pima County Superior
Court where he was charged with defrauding
clients in excess of $1.2 million dollars.
Bolding was convicted in absentia, and will now
be sentenced in Pima County Superior Court.
- George Reed III,
39, was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals in
Scottsdale for violating the conditions of
supervised release. Reed, originally convicted
of second degree murder, has a history of
assaulting Police Officers and has numerous
arrests since being released from prison.
Dickson, 14, was arrested by Deputy U.S.
Marshals and Task Force Officers in a Phoenix
apartment. Dickson was wanted by the Los Angeles
County Sheriffs Department for Attempted Murder
after he was allegedly involved in a shooting.
Dickson has been charged as an adult.
- Marleah Holbert,
45, was arrested by FALCON Task Force Officers
near Vail, AZ. It is alleged that in 2005
Holbert was involved in the robbery of the
Compass Bank located at Campbell and Glenn in
Tucson. According to reports, Holbert implied
she had a gun during the robbery and fled on a
bicycle wearing hospital scrubs.
- Tracy Swisher,
35, was arrested by the Sonoran State Police in
Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Swisher failed
to appear at sentencing in Ketchikan, Alaska
after having been convicted of Sexual Abuse of a
Minor. An international investigation was
conducted by the U.S. Marshals Mexico
Investigative Liaison, located in Tucson, after
having developed information that Swisher had
fled to Mexico. Swisher was subsequently
expelled from Mexico by Mexican Immigration
authorities into U.S. custody at the Lukeville
Port of Entry and is currently held at the Pima
County Jail awaiting extradition to Alaska.
- Lance Osborn,
33, was arrested at a residence in Phoenix.
Osborn was wanted by the Tempe PD and Lowell PD
in Lowell, Arkansas after it was alleged that
Osborn had installed video cameras in his place
of employment, including the female bathroom,
which Osborn was able to view on his computer.
Miranda-Robles, 46, was arrested in Mesa by Task
Force Officers. Miranda-Robles was wanted by the
Harris County Sheriffs Office in Texas for
forgery and was suspected to be involved in a
recent sexual assault before fleeing Houston,
“The goal of
Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities
safer,” said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S.
Marshals Service. “Each time we wrap up a FALCON
operation in any location, there are less dangerous
individuals – and fewer threats to the community –
than before we arrived there. That is very
Since its inception
in 2005, Operation FALCON has made 91,086 arrests
and cleared 117,874 warrants. It continues to be the
largest and most successful fugitive apprehension
effort in U.S. Marshals history.
Arizona Department of
Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool said, “It's
important to note the U.S. Marshals Arizona Wanted
Task Force which includes DPS VCAT detectives, goes
out every day to serve fugitive warrants. During the
month of June, 42 law enforcement agencies, all
partners of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team
or VCAT fanned out across the state and arrested
violent fugitives as part of Operation Falcon.
That's another reason why the recent merger of VCAT
into the U.S. Marshals Service makes a lot of sense
for law enforcement".
Ann Kirkpatrick added, “I congratulate the U.S.
Marshal David Gonzales, U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa,
the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and all of
the federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies involved with Operation FALCON for their
great success in bringing to justice over 600
fugitives throughout Arizona. At a time when Mexican
drug cartels are trafficking drugs, guns and cash
across our border and spreading violence throughout
the border region-this effort, at this critical
time, has removed criminals from the streets in
every corner of our state, making all of our
communities much safer for our families.”
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