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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 07, 2017 Christopher Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia/Norfolk Division (757) 963-5998;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (
703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals and Virginia State Police Target Sex Offenders in 'Operation Hook and Haul'
Richmond, VA - U.S. Marshals and the Virginia State Police announce the arrest of 13 convicted felons, including 11 non-compliant sex offenders during “Operation Hook and Haul”, a three day operation in Henrico, Petersburg and Richmond City. “Hook and Haul” ran from April 4th thru April 6th targeting the most dangerous criminals with a focus on violent sex offenders.

A Dinwiddie man, who was a violent sex offender, was arrested for 10 outstanding warrants for sex offenses to include Rape and Abduction. Of the 11 non-compliant sex offenders arrested in the operation, 25 total warrants were closed. Two fugitives were apprehended on 8 outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions throughout Virginia.

“This operation was successful and sends a clear message that sex offenders in violation of registration requirements will be hunted down, arrested and prosecuted for not being compliant with state and federal law,” said U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson. “We thank the Virginia State Police and the participating agencies in our task force for their tireless efforts and being such tremendous partners in our shared pursuits to protect the community.”

The U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force consists of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Corrections, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie and Hopewell Police Departments.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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