Oakland, CA – U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce the conclusion of a
two week fugitive operation which resulted in the arrest of 25 wanted
individuals in the Bay Area.
Centered in the City of Oakland, the United States Marshals Service Northern
District of California and the United States Marshals Service Pacific Southwest
Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted a two week high-risk fugitive initiative
targeting the worst of the worst offenders, all of whom had active warrants.
These individuals, whose charges ranged from probation violations to murder,
were singled out because of their propensity to commit violence in the streets
of bay area cities, whether through the crime itself or through their criminal
The operation was a joint effort, consisting of two twelve person teams from the
- Oakland Police Department
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
- Alameda County Probation Department
- California Highway Patrol
- Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Regional Intel
- Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department
- San Francisco Police Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Department of Homeland Security
- Salinas Police Department
- Monterey County Sheriff’s Department
- Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department
In preparation for this operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals were brought in from
around the state to assist. Regional assets were deployed and dedicated to the
mission. Teams worked day and night and through the weekend, pursuing identified
individuals, all of whom had active warrants, and all of whom had prior violent
The operation resulted in the arrests of 25 individuals. Five firearms were also
recovered. The arrests included five for homicide, four for attempt homicide,
and two for armed robbery. Others include:
- Burglary – 2
- PAL – 3
- Firearms – 4
- Sex Offender – 1
- Narcotics – 2
- Failure to Appear – 1
- Federal Supervised Release Violation – 1
“This operation highlights the efforts and the ability of the federal government
to fight crime at the local, as well as regional and national level,” said U.S.
Marshal Don O’Keefe. “As we all know, crime in Oakland does not always stay in
Oakland. Criminals move in and out of city borders, using their regional and
national criminal associations and networks to avoid capture. This is where the
United States Marshals Service is uniquely positioned to operate effectively.”
"The arrests we are announcing today illustrate how federal law enforcement can
act as a force multiplier for local efforts to combat violent crime and can
result in taking truly bad actors off the streets of our communities and
neighborhoods, particularly Oakland,” stated U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
"The partnership between the many law enforcement agencies that worked together
on this operation exemplifies the power of collaboration and cooperation," said
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. "I wish to commend and thank
our federal partners. Their assistance and unwavering commitment to the City of
Oakland and the County of Alameda is vital."
Among those arrested during the operation were the following individuals:
- Oma Lyon – DOB: 01/27/1976 - Charged with Murder - On July 4, 2013, Lyons shot
and killed an individual in the City of Oakland, CA. Lyons was arrested in
- Jimie Jones – DOB: 07/06/1993 - Charged with Armed Robbery – On March 23,
2013, Jones reached into a vehicle, grabbed the victim’s purse and fled into a
waiting vehicle. Jones then began to drive off as the victim was halfway in the
vehicle attempting to retrieve her purse in the City of Oakland. Jones was
arrested in Oakland, CA.
- Cameron Harris – DOB: 02/03/1991– Charged with Armed Robbery – On May 20, 2013
Harris, along with another subject, robbed three victims at gunpoint in the City
of Oakland. Harris was arrested in Oakland, CA.
- Francisco Cancel - DOB 02/21/1983 - Parolee at Large – Cancel was arrested in
- Thomas Walker – DOB: 08/12/1987 - Charged with Three Counts of Murder – Walker
is a well-known party promoter who holds weekly parties throughout the Bay Area.
During one of these events in the City of San Leandro, CA, Walker ordered two
associates to fire into a vehicle that was occupied by seven individuals. A
total of six individuals were shot and three died from their injuries. Walker
was arrested in Hayward, CA. but lives in Oakland.
- Anthony Boyd – DOB 05/16/1986 - Charged with Murder – On December 25, 2012,
Boyd shot and killed an individual in the City of Oakland, CA. Boyd shot the
victim in the middle of the day with an AK-47 style assault rifle. Boyd was
arrested in Hayward, CA.
- Charles Fuller – DOB 01/09/1983 - Charged with Murder – On July 6, 2013, in
the City of Oakland, CA, Fuller became involved in a verbal argument which
became physical with the victim. As a second individual approached on foot, who
also became involved in a verbal dispute with the victim. The second individual
then shot and killed the victim. Fuller was arrested in the City of Oakland.
- Donovan Watson – DOB 08/28/1980 - Charged with Attempt Homicide/Parole at
Large/False Imprisonment – Watson physically assaulted his girlfriend in Las
Vegas, NV. During this operation, the task force received information that
Watson was located in Oakland, CA. Watson was ultimately located in a hotel in
- Pedro Velasco – DOB: 09/13/1990 - Parolee at Large – Volesco was a Parolee at
Large and is a suspect in two murders in the Monterey County, CA area. The
Salinas Police Department received information that Volesco, who is an alleged
“shot-caller” for the Surreno gang in Monterey County, ordered an open hit on
all law enforcement after a close associate of his was shot by law enforcement
two weeks prior. Volesco was arrested in Salinas, CA.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting
fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service
regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has
established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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