For Immediate Release
|April 23, 2012||
Matt Hershey, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 920-4841
|Over 200 Wanted Felons Arrested During Valley Wide Operation|
Phoenix, AZ – From April 16-20, Phoenix valley law enforcement partners
collaborated on “Operation Justice IV”, a one week round-up of wanted felons in
honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Operation Justice netted valley
law enforcement partners 251 fugitives wanted throughout Maricopa and Pinal
Counties. In addition to arresting these fugitives, 16 weapons were taken off
U.S. Marshal David Gonzales stated, "We know from experience, and the sad
experiences from far too many victims, that a fugitive is more desperate, more
predatory, and more likely to commit crimes that reduce the quality of life in
our communities. These arrests will prevent numerous crimes committed by
individuals who prey on our communities in order to survive while attempting to
Cummings was wanted by the Chula Vista, CA Police Department for Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor. These charges stem from an allegation that Cummings sexually assaulted a known 14 year old female over a ten day period in 2011. It is alleged that Cummings committed numerous lewd and lascivious acts to the victim including communicating with the victim for sexual intent, oral copulation with a victim less than 16 years of age and penetration with a foreign object with a victim less than 16 years of age.
Numerous fugitives targeted during this operation were wanted for drug and
weapons offenses. One of those arrested was Albert Merrill. Merrill, 32, was
arrested by Operation Justice Participants at a residence in Avondale. Merrill
was wanted by the Arizona Department of Corrections for violating the conditions
of his parole. Merrill, a career criminal and documented gang member, was on
parole after having been convicted of Misconduct Involving Weapons. On April
17th, Operation Justice Participants developed information that Merrill was
residing at an Avondale residence. As Officer’s approached the residence,
Merrill tried fleeing out the back door holding a pistol. Merrill was confronted
by Officer’s as he was trying to climb a wall, at which time he dropped the
weapon and attempted to flee in another direction forcing an Officer to deploy a
projectile stun gun
“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service and our state and local law enforcement partners, the citizens of Maricopa County are safer today with the successful apprehension of these fugitives and the seizure of dangerous weapons and drugs,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “My office now looks forward to the opportunity to hold these violent offenders accountable and protecting the community from further harm,” he added.
Operation Justice involved over 100 law enforcement officers from 30 contributing agencies throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties.
The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency