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July 09, 2009 Western District of Texas - Austin Division
Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (512) 916-5393;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Operation FALCON 2009 Captures Nearly 2,500 Fugitives in the Western District of Texas

Austin, TX – The 68 counties in the Western District of Texas are much safer this week as local, state, and federal law enforcement joined forces for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort. Following a five-year tradition of success in its national efforts, the U.S. Marshals Service locally conducted another successful Operation FALCON – Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. Led by the U.S. Marshals, Operation FALCON 2009 netted 2,495 arrests and 2,988 warrants cleared within the Western District of Texas in June.

Operation FALCON – Austin combined the collective efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in one of the area’s largest-ever fugitive initiatives, focusing on capturing individuals wanted on felony charges including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for crimes of violence. Over the course of the 30-day operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, arrested 288 fugitives, clearing 322 warrants in the central Texas area.

Clint Crisp was a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals for alleged sexual assaults against children in multiple states. A team of Deputy U.S. Marshals, with fellow law enforcement officers, arrested Crisp in northwest Austin working in a traveling carnival.

“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 gratifying.”

peration FALCON – Austin consisted of approximately 19 federal, state and local law enforcement officers, making up multiple arrest teams working throughout the operation. Each participating local officer was sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal immediately prior to the start of this operation. This special authority empowers them to cross traditional lines of jurisdiction to track down and arrest targeted fugitives throughout the operation.

“The cooperation and enthusiasm of law enforcement agencies in the Western District of Texas has always been incredible,” said U.S. Marshal LaFayette Collins. “We are facing new challenges in law enforcement and must always adapt to overcome sometimes overwhelming odds when faced with the criminal element that places our communities in danger. With our law enforcement partners, law enforcement at all levels are dedicated to a safer Texas, nation and world and it shows in this tremendous success.”

Agencies contributing to Operation FALCON – Austin were the Austin Police Department, San Marcos Police Department, Elgin Police Department, Hutto Police Department, Luling Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Hays County Sheriff’s Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, Williamson County Constable’s Office Precinct 1, 2, 3 & 4, Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – OIG, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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.

For more information on Operation FALCON 2009, please visit www.usmarshals.gov/falcon09/index.html.


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