For Immediate Release
|December 23, 2016||
Desmond Proctor, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia (703) 837-5558
|U.S. Marshals in Northern Virginia Apprehend Over 275 Felony Fugitives|
Alexandria, VA -
The U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force based within the federal Eastern District of
Virginia (E/VA), Alexandria division took over 275 dangerous fugitives
off the streets of Northern Virginia in 2016. The task force also
captured numerous fugitives wanted outside of Virginia who attempted to
hide out in Northern Virginia.
“Our mission is simple—bring dangerous fugitives to justice,” said U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson. “Our task force brings together some of the best investigators from Northern Virginia law enforcement agencies onto one team.”
Due to these 275 arrests, nearly 340 outstanding felony warrants were cleared this year. This includes fugitives who were wanted on both state and federal arrest warrants, with charges ranging from murder and assault, to drug and sex offenses. For a complete breakdown of the arrests made in Northern Virginia in 2016, see the table below.
Throughout the year, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tracked down Northern Virginia fugitives that had fled the area seeking to evade capture. In addition to arresting fugitives across the state, local fugitives were located and apprehended across the country, and extradited back to Northern Virginia to face criminal charges.
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) also oversees the Sex Offender Investigation Program in which Deputy U.S. Marshals across the country are specifically assigned to work with state and local law enforcement to investigate sex offenders suspected of violating their release conditions, such as registering for a state sex offender registry. This program was highlighted this year by Operation Caretaker conducted with the Virginia State Police (VSP) in June. Operation Caretaker was a sex offender operation in which the USMS and VSP verified the compliance status of 135 sex offenders. The USMS conducted follow-up investigations that led to the compliance verification of 33 additional offenders.
“While we are wrapping up another successful year of working with our law enforcement partners to track down and arrest the most violent offenders, our work is not done yet” said U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson.
Total fugitives arrested in 2016: 276
Total warrants cleared in 2016: 338
*A single fugitive may have warrants for multiple offenses. In those cases, the fugitive will be tallied in multiple columns - for each offense for which he/she was wanted.
U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement
officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, City of Alexandria Sheriff’s
Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff’s
Office, Prince William County Police Department, U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement and Virginia State Police. The main objective of the
task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding
federal and state warrants.
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