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For Immediate Release

March 07, 2013


DUSM Bryan Konig
Eastern District of North Carolina
(919) 856-4219 office

Joint Operation Nets 120 Arrests in Pasquotank County

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Beginning in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, law enforcement officers in Pasquotank County hit the streets in search of some of the area’s most wanted fugitives.  In the first operation of its kind in this area, officers from the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force; Elizabeth City Police Department; Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office; N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement; N.C. Division of Community Corrections; N.C. State Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives combined their extensive resources to seek out individuals attempting to avoid prosecution.  Dubbed Operation Tightrope, this endeavor targeted subjects wanted for a variety of offenses including assault, narcotics violations, larceny, weapons offenses, probation violation, and fraud. This two day initiative resulted in the arrest of 108 fugitives and the service of 161 warrants.  Additionally, 12 probation absconders were arrested and brought back under the supervision of the state probation officers.

This initiative demonstrated the effect interagency cooperation can have on a community and incorporated law enforcement officers from not only this area but from all across the state.  The combined experiences and capabilities allowed officers to locate fugitives throughout Pasquotank and surrounding Counties, southern Virginia, and extending as far away as New York.  The culmination of this operation does not mark the end of its success however, as additional arrests are imminent based on investigations conducted and partnerships formulated.

Some of the more significant arrests made during this operation include:

Cory Christopher Revelle, 28, Discharge Firearm into Occupied Property, Assault with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury, and Probation Violation

Melvin Sutton, 43, Felony Possession of Cocaine

Holly Marie Higgins, 32, Assault Inflicting Serious Injury, Resisting Arrest, Probation Violation

Osman Martinez, 37, Assault by Strangulation

Javona Marie Jones, 26, Felony Probation Violation

Scott Parker, United States Marshal, said “the goal of Operation Tightrope is simple – to hold individuals accountable for their actions.  The success of Operation Tightrope is the result of the United States Marshals Service partnering with other Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies to relay a message to these criminals, and that message is that they can’t hide in Eastern North Carolina. I would like to personally thank all of the law enforcement officers and citizens for their collaborative efforts during this operation.”

Operation Tightrope was both a highly successful and significant operation,” said Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright.  “It shows what can be accomplished when agencies come together to address common problems.  It was successful in the number or arrests and warrants that were served.  There were no incidents where anyone was injured or hurt.  It was significant because of the amount of Intel gathered and the drugs and guns that were removed from our streets, which will go a long way in solving other crimes that the local agencies are working on.  This is just one of many operations that local agencies are going to be working on to combat the gun and shooting violence in our communities, as well as other crimes.  There is more to come.”

“This regional collaborative effort, Operation Tightrope, involved Federal, State, and Local law enforcement authorities and resulted in the apprehension of a number of offenders with outstanding warrants,” said Elizabeth City Police Chief Eddie Buffaloe.  “You will see these efforts continue in the future as authorities work together to accomplish the same goal.  Operation Tightrope is only the beginning of many more operations that involve taking ownership back of our community and ridding the streets of violent offenders.”

“This is just one of the many task forces and operations that the Department of Public Safety is proud to be a part of due to their proven effectiveness in removing violent criminals and wanted fugitives from our streets,” said Secretary Kieran J. Shanahan, N.C. Department of Public Safety. “This type of inter-agency cooperation partnering our Alcohol Law Enforcement and Community Corrections divisions with the U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement to share resources is critical to helping keep our communities safe.”  

“This week’s law enforcement operation should speak volumes to the armed violent criminal with a loud and clear message.” said ATF Charlotte Division Special Agent in Charge Wayne L. Dixie. “We will continue to dedicate our resources along with our counterparts to identify those among our community that insist on using guns as a tool of violence and intimidation. Protecting our good citizens from violent felons and gun crimes is our mission, and we will devote whatever means is necessary to accomplish that goal.”