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District of Arizona - News Releases

April 01, 2017 - From March 28th to March 30th, the U.S. Marshals Service conducted “Operation Justice 2017,” a metro wide fugitive round-up involving 24 law enforcement agencies from Maricopa and Pinal counties. The operation targeted violent fugitives wanted for higher level felony crimes including robbery, sexual assault, dangerous drugs, and aggravated assault.

January 14, 2017 - Yesterday afternoon, Raul Alferes Luesa was extradited back to the United States after his arrest in Jojulta, Morelos, Mexico. Luesa was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department for his repeated sexual abuse of multiple children.

December 16, 2016 - From December 13th-15th, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona, along with partnering state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted “Operation Grinch Stopper 2016.” The operation focused on fugitives wanted for outstanding arrest warrants for crimes to include robbery, burglary, theft, larceny and drugs and resulted in the arrest of 157 fugitives statewide.

September 17, 2016 - Evin Blanchard was arrested in Phoenix by members of the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force. Blanchard was wanted by the San Francisco Police Department on several counts of sexual criminal conduct which included five counts of Child Molestation, four counts of Sending Harmful Material to a Minor and Production of Child Pornography.

September 10, 2016 - From July 12th - September 2nd, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona coordinated a targeted fugitive operation named “Operation Summer Burn.” This two month operation, focused in west Phoenix and central Chandler, concentrated efforts on areas with historically high gang activity in order to enhance public safety.

April 11, 2016 - From April 5th to April 8th, the U.S. Marshals Service conducted “Operation Justice 2016,” a metro wide fugitive round-up involving 29 law enforcement agencies from Maricopa and Pinal counties. The operation targeted over a thousand fugitives wanted for higher level felony crimes including Robbery, Rape, Dangerous Drugs, and Assault.

March 15, 2016 - Yesterday afternoon, Christian Mares was arrested near the area of Broadway and Mesa Dr. in Mesa. Mares, was wanted out of San Mateo County, California on a warrant for Attempted Murder, issued by San Francisco Police Department.

March 06, 2016 - Yesterday evening, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office officials took custody of Armando Inigo Aguilar from immigration officials in the Republic of Mexico at the port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. Aguilar, a U.S. citizen, was deported from Mexico on an outstanding arrest warrant for Sexual Assault, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and a Parole Violation.

December 11, 2015 - From December 8th - 10th, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona, along with 38 partnering state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted “Operation Grinch Stopper 2015.” The operation focused on fugitives wanted for outstanding arrest warrants for property crimes to include robbery, burglary, theft, larceny and drugs. This operation resulted in the arrest of 205 fugitives statewide.

October 31, 2015 - Throughout the month of October, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Task Force Officers, and numerous federal, state, and local partners collaborated in “Operation Safe Treat 2015” across the state of Arizona. This operation targeted fugitive sex offenders, child predators with outstanding arrest warrants and those wanted for crimes against children.

April 20, 2015 - Beginning March 2nd, the U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Arizona coordinated a state wide fugitive operation involving law enforcement agencies from Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. This operation targeted over a thousand fugitives wanted for higher level felony crimes, including homicide, robbery, rape, dangerous drugs, and assault.

March 09, 2015 - U.S. Marshals arrested Moises Valdez at the San Luis, Arizona, Port of Entry, on  Wednesday, March 4th for murder. On November 2, 2014, Marissa Pineda De Almanza, a member of the United States Air Force Reserve, was found deceased inside her apartment in Elk Grove, CA.

February 25, 2015 - Last night, Deputy U.S. Marshals took custody of Manuel Mauro Rivera-Ramirez from law enforcement officials in the Republic of Mexico at the Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. In September 2008, a warrant was issued by the Pima County Superior Court charging Rivera-Ramirez with violating his conditions of probation after Absconding from Supervision.

January 26, 2015 - U.S. Marshals tracked Matthew Lynn Brewster, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, to Saudi Arabia where he was detained and subsequently returned to the United States earlier today. In April 2014, the Pima County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of Brewster, which charged him with multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor under the age of Fifteen.

 
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